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SOFRECO is a highly international company in terms of its clients, its partners, the nationalities of its experts, its headquarters staff and its presence in numerous countries.
We have three types of clients: governments, administrations and public bodies; public and private companies; multilateral and bilateral development funding agencies.
SOFRECO employs several hundred senior and junior experts of various nationalities, the vast majority of whom are technical specialists
Electricity Transmission and Distribution Network Development Project (2013-2017)
This project aims to improve supply reliability by conditioning the transmission and distribution system, rehabilitating the protection relay, and strengthening and increasing the power supply capacity so as to provide electricity to non-electrified or newly developing areas, thereby contributing to economic and social development in the Santo Antão, S. Vicente, Sal, Maio, Santiago and Fogo islands of Cape Verde.
The work carried out by the Consultant involves the supervision of the works, including the installation of underground lines, overhead lines, transformers, meters and a SCADA system. It includes the control and surveillance of the works, and monitoring the implementation of environmental and social measures. Training support is also provided to the Project Owner.
Study on the segmentation of the electricity market in Burkina Faso, and development of standard contracts and standard specifications for the Electricity Regulatory Authority (2013)
This project aims to improve the legal framework of the electricity sector in Burkina Faso in order to enable an increase in rural electrification investments, through two main tasks:
- propose a new definition of the segmentation of the electricity market, with a clearer separation of segment 1 managed by SONABEL (Burkina Faso’s national power utility), and segment 2 which corresponds to that of the rural electrification.
- draw up standard contracts and standard specifications for the different stakeholders of the electricity sub-sector.
Project for the supervision of the extension works on the Komsilga power plant (2013-2014)
Within the framework of the project for the supervision of the extension works on the Komsilga power plant, SOFRECO is verifying the construction plans, controlling the works and approving the acceptance tests for the different structures to be built under the project.
- Extension of the Komsilga III 3*14 MW thermal power plant;
- Construction of 90/33 kV substations.
Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex-Zaire), Rwanda
Studies to promote cooperation in the energy sector in the Great Lakes region in Central Africa (2009-2012)
The project’s general objective is to provide CEPGL (Great Lakes Economic Community) member countries adequate electricity network interconnection infrastructures with a view to increasing cross-border energy and power trading by diversifying electric power production points, and to favour electric power trading between NELSAP (Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme) countries.
The technical and organisational studies in the energy sector in the Great Lakes region focus on the interconnection of North and South Kivu, and on setting up an institutional, regulatory, tariff framework that should enable the implementation of the hydroelectrical developments under study by setting up better conditions for mobilising financing for the implementation of the Ruzizi 3 project.
Technical assistance to support the implementation of the Egyptian energy sector policy support reform (2013-2014)
This project will pursue the work undertaken under previous cooperation projects for energy infrastructure, and aims to provide an adequate answer to Egypt’s energy sector needs. A major axis is to support the market reforms launched by the government.
During its course, the project will address gas sector and energy efficiency issues, especially concerning the legal and regulatory framework for the gas sector, energy efficiency, renewable energies, gas pricing policy and developing the capacity of the institutional players in charge of energy sector regulation and development.
Institutional, Technical, Financial and Legal Advisory Services for IPP Hydropower Concession Management (2012-2014)
In order to improve the handling of public-private-partnership for hydropower projects in Laos, the Consultant has been hired to cover the following functions:
- An institutional development input focusing on the establishment of systems and manpower requirements in the DEB;
- A technical advisory input focusing on monitoring implementation and other related technical issues of Concession Agreements;
- A financial advisory input focusing on financial modeling and monitoring;
- A legal advisory input focusing on the contractual aspects of Concession Agreements.
Study on the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) (2010-2012)
- Strategic framework for the development of regional and continental infrastructure in four sectors (Energy, Transport, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and Transboundary Water Resources), based on a development vision for Africa, strategic objectives and sector policies.
- Infrastructure development programme covering the period up to 2030.
- Implementation strategy and priority action plan.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex-Zaire)
Diagnosis and strengthening of the operation and maintenance management structure of the Inga 1 and 2 hydropower plants (2012)
The Inga site in DR Congo has significant hydropower potential, estimated at 42,000 MW, 1775 MW of which are exploited by the Inga power plants I (351 MW, commissioned in 1974) and II (1424 MW, commissioned in 1982).
However, these plants are in a very advanced state of deterioration, greatly limiting power generation due to poor operating conditions and a lack of maintenance.
The consultant has mobilised a multidisciplinary team to diagnose the current management set-up for the operation and maintenance of SNEL's facilities in the Inga hydropower complex, and to propose the establishment of a modern management organisation for their operation and maintenance.
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