Uganda names consultant for power sector investment plan

The government of Uganda has named Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa (PTY) Ltd. to help develop a power sector investment plan for the hydro-rich country.

Uganda officials and the World Bank signed US$425 million in credit agreements in 2007 to implement power sector improvements paving the way for the 250-MW Bujagali hydroelectric project, and poverty reduction assistance.

Parsons Brinckerhoff, also trading as P.B. Power of Johannesburg, South Africa, was chosen from among five bidders for the US$697,446 contract. (HNN 8/13/07)

The consulting firm is to develop a series of carefully costed and actionable projects or activities over 10 to 15 years. The plan is to help shift from a project-by-project and donor-by-donor approach to power sector investment toward a sector-wide framework in a coordinated and comprehensive manner.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development seeks services over eight months including integration of expansion plans by stakeholders including the ministry, Uganda Electricity Transmission Co., UMEME Ltd., and the Rural Electrification Agency.

Parsons Brinckerhoff is to undertake a detailed bulk power system least-cost investment plan for generation, transmission, interconnections, and regional power exchanges. It is to prepare a power sector investment plan and train staff of key power sector institutions.

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