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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
Technical assistance for the Ministry of Energy as part of institutional support and strengthening the capacities of parties involved in the energy sector in Benin (RECASEB) (2017-2021)
The specific objective of the RECASEB programme is to improve the institutional framework of the energy sector in Benin at regulatory and organisational level and to support/encourage reforms. These reforms must make the sector more attractive for public and private investment, including new production units, particularly via renewable sources and the extension of the network for greater access to electricity services throughout the country, particularly in rural areas.
The components of the RECASEB programme are organised around three main pillars:
- capacity building of the energy sector;
- the development of management, supervisory and decision-making tools for the steering and implementation of the strategic thrusts;
- information and documentation to the parties of the sector and the general public (civil society, consumers, etc.).
EU Technical Assistance Facility for the 'Sustainable Energy for All' Initiative (SE4All) - Neighbourhood (East and South), Asia (including Central Asia), Latin America, Caribbean and Pacific (2015-2019)
The TAF delivers high level technical assistance at country (and regional level) through expert missions to be mobilised at short notice and to support committed countries to reach the SE4All objectives. Examples of areas of support include:
- initial stocktaking, technical support in the elaboration and implementation of national energy sector policies and reforms;
- capacity building, particularly in the policy and regulatory areas;
- technical support in the preparation of investment projects,
- mobilisation of funds and facilitation of partnerships;
- industrial and technology cooperation;
- project demonstration.
Considering the specific needs and actual situation of the energy sector in the target countries, the assistance to the technical, economic and environmental preparatory work of energy investment projects, and in particular the identification and preparation of investment projects including the mobilisation of funds, facilitation of partnerships and leveraging of private investment, is central to the TAF.
Supervision of studies, supplies and construction works for transmission, distribution and rural electrification networks (PRETD) (2018-2019)
The objective of the Power Transmission and Distribution Networks Reinforcement Project (PRETD) is to develop and reinforce the power transmission and distribution facilities defined hereafter:
- creation of the Bingerville 220/20kV substation and restructuring of the Bingerville MV network;
- doubling of the Soubré-San Pedro 225 kV line and related works at the 225 kV substations of Soubré and San Pedro;
- construction of the Duékoué-Zagné 225 kV line, of the 225/33 kV substations of Duékoué and Zagné, and of the 33 kV Zagné-Taï line, and restructuring of the MV networks of Duékoué, Zagné and Taï;
- rural electrification of 252 localities, contributing to a rise in coverage in the country's west zone (Montagnes District) of 26.45%, i.e. a national increase of 3 points.
Project Implementation Consultant for the Golovnaya 240 MW Hydropower Plant Rehabilitation Project (2015-2022)
In the framework of the rehabilitation of the 240 MW hydropower plant of Golovnay in Tajikistan, the objective of the Consultant’s assignment is to assist the national electric utility, Barki Tojik, in setting up and carrying out this project
- For the turnkey contract for the rehabilitation of the hydraulic, electromechanical and civil engineering equipment, and of the control room, the Consortium is assisting the Client with procurement and carrying out the supervision of all works;
- For the turnkey contract for the rehabilitation of the plant’s 110 and 220 kV switchyards, the Consortium is preparing the pre-studies and bidding documents, assisting the Client with procurement, and then supervising the works.
Control and supervision of the extension, reinforcement and rehabilitation works on the distribution networks in the cities of Abidjan, Bouaké and San Pedro (ENERGOS) (2017-2021)
The project aims to strengthen electricity services in three of Côte d’Ivoire’s main cities. It is made up of: a ‘distribution network’ component, including the extension of HV and LV networks (lines and stations); a ‘public lighting’ component, to replace lamps by more economic models, and a component to train the Contracting Authority and Project Manager.
The Consultant is providing support services to the Contracting Authority and Project Manager for the control and supervision of the construction works of the first two components of the ENERGOS project, including revision of the technical studies, project management, administration of the contractors’ contracts, preparation and technical supervision of the works, their administrative and financial control, tests and provisional and definitive acceptance, and monitoring throughout the guarantee period.
Technical assistance for the energy sector support programme in Togo (PASET) — phase 1 (2017-2022)
Access to energy and especially to a reliable, affordable electricity service, is a condition for sustainable economic development and poverty reduction. The population's access to energy in Togo was limited to 30% in 2014. For the same year, the level of technical (on networks) and non-technical loss was around 18%. This project aims to help face these challenges. Its overall objective is to contribute to reducing poverty by fostering the achievement of the objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All). The specific objective is to improve the living conditions of Togo's populations by working towards improved access to modern, sustainable energy services and helping to improve the sector's institutional framework to facilitate future investments, including from the private sector.
The technical assistance to the PASET-1 programme is organised around two main pillars:
1) improvement of the institutional framework of Togo's electricity sector;
2) capacity building of the main energy actors.
Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 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.
Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal
Support and consultancy services to the Organisation for the Development of the Gambia River for the implementation of the Energy Project (2014-2017)
The Organisation for the Development of the Gambia River (OMVG) includes Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. It is in charge of setting up the Energy Project which is based on the following three structures:
- The Sambangalou storage dam, located in Senegal on the Gambia River (128 MW);
- The Kaleta run-of-the-river dam located in Guinea on the Konkouré River (240 MW);
- The related interconnected network to conduct the electricity from both hydropower plants and from the other hydropower projects under development (225kV, 800 MW transit capacity, 1677 km of lines).
The project consists in supporting the OMVG in its Energy Project on the technical, legal and transaction components, and in carrying out a restructuring study for the OMVG.
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