PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – BIMS system – Go Live

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
NAWEC informs the general public that the migration to the new IMS system has been successful and customers are currently receiving services.
However, a few hitches and delays are being experienced in some of the cash offices. All efforts are being made to address the upcoming issues and our esteem customers are assured that all will be resolved before the end of the day today.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
 

 

 

Specific Procurement Notice Template Request for Bids Goods – AMI & AMR-enabled Retail Water Meters

Specific Procurement Notice

Template

Request for Bids

Goods

(One-Envelope Bidding Process)

 

Country: The Gambia

Name of Project: Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project

Contract Title: AMI & AMR-enabled Retail Water Meters

Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: IDA – D3090

RFB Reference No.: GM-NAWEC-237588-GO-RFB

 

  1. The Republic of The Gambia has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds toward payments under the contracts for Supply of AMI & AMR-enabled Retail Water Meters. For this contract, the Borrower shall process the payments using the Direct Payment disbursement method, as defined in the World Bank’s Disbursement Guidelines for Investment Project Financing
  2. The National Water and Electricity Company Limited (NAWEC) now invites sealed bids from eligible Bidders for the Supply of AMR-enabled Retail Water Meters.
  3. Bidding will be conducted through international competitive procurement using a Request for Bids (RFB) as specified in the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” (July 1st, 2016, revised in November 2017 and August 2018) (“Procurement Regulations”), and is open to all eligible Bidders as defined in the Procurement Regulations.

 

  1. Interested eligible Bidders may obtain further information from:

 

Mrs. Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

National Water & Electricity Company Limited

Emporium III Building, Fajara

114 Kairaba Avenue

Telephone: +220 9961301 / 9967791/ 7009342

Electronic mail address: hnjie@nawec.gm mfsanyang@nawec.gm

and inspect the bidding document during office hours at the address given below.

  1. The bidding document in English may be purchased by interested Bidders upon the submission of a written application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of US$300. The method of payment will be electronic transfer. The document will be sent by courier mail.
  2. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before12:00 p.m. of 7th December 2021. Electronic Bidding will not be permitted. Late Bids will be rejected. Bids will be publicly opened in the presence of the Bidders’ designated representatives and anyone who chooses to attend at the address below on 7th December 2021.
  3. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security of US$10,000.
  4. The Basic qualification requirements are as follows:
  5. Bidder must have a minimum average turnover for the last 3 years of US$2.5 million
  6. Minimum number of 3 contracts for similar items completed in the last 5 years, with each contract being not less than US$1 million
  7. Attention is drawn to the Procurement Regulations requiring the Borrower to disclose information on the successful bidder’s beneficial ownership, as part of the Contract Award Notice, using the Beneficial Ownership Disclosure Form as included in the bidding document.
  8. The address(es) referred to above is (are):

 

Attention:  Mrs. Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

Address: National Water & Electricity Company Limited

Project Implementation Unit

Emporium III Building, Fajara

114 Kairaba Avenue

The Gambia

Tel:+220 996 1301 / 9967791/ 7009342

 

Electronic mail address: hnjie@nawec.gm mfsanyang@nawec.gm

 

REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS (RFQ) WORK – Renovation of Customer Service Centres

REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS (RFQ) WORK

 

INVITATION TO QUOTE

 

Date: 28th September 2021

Project Title: Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project

Source of Funding (loan/credit/grant no.): D6530-GM

Contract Name: Renovation of Customer Service Centres

Contract Ref: GM-NAWEC-251310-CW-RFQ

 

 

  1. This project is financed by the World Bank through the above grant. The National Water & Electricity Company invites sealed quotations from eligible bidders for the Rehabilitation of (5) five NAWEC Customer Service Centers in the GBA.
  2. Eligible bidders should have experience in the construction of at least one contract of the nature and complexity equivalent to the Works described in this Invitation, during the last three years. The minimum size of the reference contract to be considered similar is $150,000. Bidders shall provide evidence of financial resources to successfully complete the Works in the amount of at least $60,000.
  3. A complete set of Request for Quotation (RFQ) documents in English will be provided to interested eligible bidders upon the submission of a written application to the address below.
  4. Clarifications

Any clarification request regarding this RFQ may be sent in writing to hnjie@nawec.gm, cc: to mfsanyang@nawec.gm , asallah@nawec.gm before      22nd October 2021.

 

  1. Submission of Quotations
  1. Signed quotations shall be submitted in the form attached to the address below or via email. Quotations submitted as email attachments.

Attention: Project Coordinator

Projects Management Unit

National Water and Electricity Company Limited

53, Mamadi Maniyang Highway

P.O.Box 609, Kanifing

The Gambia

Telephone:  +220 9961301/7009342/9967791

Email: hnjie@nawec.gm, mfsanyang@nawec.gm , asallah@nawec.gm

 

  1. The deadline for submission of Quotations is 29th October 2021 @ 12:00 pm local time

 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – Current Electricity Situation

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

NAWEC informs the general public that the current electricity situation in the GBA is a result of some ongoing maintenance works in both Brikama and Kotu Power stations. Generator Number 5 at Kotu Power Station is shut down in an emergency and is being assessed for the required repairs.

This capacity gap is making it extremely difficult for NAWEC to distribute normal supply to all customers at the same time thus stretching the load shedding roster and affecting normal water supply in some areas.

NAWEC assures its esteemed customers that extra efforts will be made to keep the rest of the generators available during the period in order to minimize the load shedding.

NAWEC apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and promises to restore normal supply as soon as works on the engines are completed.

Thank you.

GERMP Scholarship Award

                                                                                     

 

GERMP Scholarship Award

 

The National Water and Electricity Company of the Gambia (NAWEC) and the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI), supported by the World Bank through the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernisation Project (GERMP) are pleased to announce the establishment of the GERMP Scholarship Award.

 

  1. What is the GERMP Scholarship Award?

The GERMP Scholarship Award is a joint initiative by NAWEC and GTTI to promote a diversified workforce in the Energy and Water sectors in The Gambia, by increasing the number of women and girls working in institutions in these sectors.

 

  1. Who can receive a GERMP Scholarship Award?

The GERMP Scholarship Award is directed at:

  • Female students who want to pursue a career in the energy and water sector and have no previous experience in these fields.
  • Female students who want to advance their studies in these fields (including former and current GTTI students).
  • Women already working in the energy and water sector in the Gambia who want to advance their careers (including but not restricted at NAWEC).

The GERMP Scholarship Award only targets Gambian nationals.

 

  1. What is in the GERMP Scholarship Award Package?

The GERMP Scholarship Award covers for each scholar:

  • The full cost of the training fee, for the training course selected and accepted for each scholar.
  • A monthly stipend of D2.000 (two thousand) to cover transportation and any other related costs (this applies only during the active period of the academic year, and it does not cover for the Holiday period).

The GERMP Scholarship Award also includes a paid internship at NAWEC, in specific training areas, for the scholars with the best academic performance. It should be noted that the final number of annual internships will be subject to NAWEC’s Human Resources Needs.

 

 

  1. What are the application criteria?

The application criteria for the courses offered within the framework of this Program are:

  • For BSC in Engineering: 6 Credits including Math, Further Math, Chemistry, Physics, English Language and credits in the relevant areas of interest.
  • High National Diploma (HND) Programs: 5 Credits including English and Math or at least 4 credits.
  • Technician Programs: 4 Credits including English & Math.
  • Certificate Programs: 4 Credits with a Pass in either Math & English.

For the Technician and Certificate Programs, students can also apply if they have acquired skills and/or have previous experience in the sectors. These skills will be evaluated during the Interview Panel.

 

  1. What are the training courses covered by the GERMP Scholarship Award?

The GERMP Scholarship Award will be available for the following courses offered by GTTI:

  • Solar Water Heating System (6Months)
  • Technician Certificate in Construction (1Yr)
  • Certificate in Electrical/Electronics (1Yr)
  • Certificate in General Engineering I and II ( Mechanical Option + Electrical Option) (1Yr)
  • Certificate in Plumbing & Gas Fitting (1Yr)
  • Diploma in Electrical Electronics (1Yr)
  • Diploma in Renewable Energy Eng. (Photo-Voltaic) (1Yr)
  • In Plumbing & Gas Fitting (1Yr)
  • Diploma in General Engineering (Mechanical Option + Electrical Option) (1Yr)
  • Technician Diploma Construction (2Yrs) (Skills and Competence in Construction provided)
  • Ordinary National Diploma (OND) – Mechanical Engineering (2Yrs)
  • OND Electrical Engineering (2Yrs)
  • High National Diploma (HND) -Mechanical Engineering (2Yrs)
  • HND-Civil Engineering & Architecture (2Yrs)
  • HND-Electrical/Electronic Engineering (2Yrs)
  • BSc Electrical/Electronic Engineering (3Yrs)

 

 

  1. How many GERMP Scholarship Award will be given?

The total number of scholars who will receive the GERMP Scholarship Award is estimated at 54. The initiative is expected to happen every academic year until 2024/2025 but can be ended before, if the number of scholars is achieved before then

The final number of scholars will depend on the number of applications received that comply with the criteria and are selected according to the selection procedure.

 

  1. Can the GERMP Scholarship Award be terminated?

In the event a scholar is found to be in violation of the national laws, including statute or regulations of GTTI, or is convicted of any criminal offence, or due to unsatisfactory progress (as determined by the GTTI), then, after consultations with NAWEC, the Scholarship may be terminated.

 

  1. Where and when will the trainings take place?

The training will take place at GTTI Kanifing Main campus. The training will start in January 2022, for the academic year of 2022.

 

  1. How can I apply to a GERMP Scholarship Award?

To apply for the GERMP Scholarship Award, potential scholars are required to apply to their selected training course at GTTI. This includes the submission of the completed forms to GTTI which  are available at the GTTI Cashier’s desk at a cost of D200 (two hundred). For the selected scholars, this cost will be refunded with their first stipend.

  • For the Technician and Certificate Programs: Students applying based on their acquired skills and/or previous experience in the sectors, will have to submit their Curriculum Vitae and a letter from their employer or any other relevant document attesting to their experience.
  • For BSc and HNDs programs: the potential scholar must also submit a written document stating the justification for the application to the GERMP Scholarship Award.

Further to these, a birth certificate to make proof of nationality will also have to be submitted by all candidates.

All scholarship applications must be submitted to GTTI’s Admissions Office. Interest in this Scholarship must be shown through the admission form in the section provided for this purpose.

 

  1. How will the selection be made?

The selection process is as follows:

  • Phase 1: Verification of the administrative procedures, which includes review of the submitted forms and verification that the potential scholar fulfills the criteria to the selected training. This verification will lead to the development of a shortlist of potential scholars.
  • Phase 2: An Interview Panel will be held with the shortlisted. GTTI and NAWEC staff constitute the Interview Panel.
  • Phase 3: Notification of the scholars awarded the GERMP Scholarship Program.

 

  1. What is the timeline for the attribution of the GERMP Scholarship Award?

The most important dates for the GERMP Scholarship Award for the Academic Year 2022 are:

  • Deadline for applications: October 31st, 2021
  • Evaluation process (Shortlist and Interview): between 17th to 31st November 2021 
  • Communication to the scholars: December 15th, 2021
  • Start of the training: 3rd 2022 (final date to be confirmed)

 

Gambia Energy Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) – Additional Financing Terms of Reference for consultancy services to NAWEC on Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction plan

Gambia Energy Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) – Additional Financing

Terms of Reference for consultancy services to NAWEC on Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction plan

Background

The Gambia is a fragile country that is in the process of a major political and economic transition following a 22-year long autocratic rule that left the country impoverished, highly indebted, and institutionally weak. In recent years, the Government of The Gambia (GoTG) has taken important steps to lay the foundations for democracy and set the country on a new development path. Responding to the need for climate change mitigation and adaptation, GoTG has developed the Gambia National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA), which provides a policy framework to address the impact of climate change at national and local levels. This Plan identifies the energy and water sectors as country priorities.

The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) is the main provider of electricity, drinking water and sewerage services in the Gambia. While NAWEC has made significant gains in recent years on the electricity side of the business, water services have been struggling. While a restructuring exercise is underway to address NAWEC’s overall organizational, technical, and financial challenges, it is important to address the most pressing water services issues to complement this effort.

NAWEC provides water and sewerage services to urban areas and provinces with more than 100,000 residents. In urban areas, about 69 percent of the population has access to safely managed water, but the quality of services is poor due to frequent service outages, with some neighborhoods not receiving water for days, weeks or even months at a time. Investments in service expansion are not enough to meet growing demand, with urbanization growing at a rate of 4.5 percent a year. In addition, water quality is a challenge in terms of high levels of nitrates, iron, manganese and salinity in drinking water.

The main source of water resources in the Gambia is ground water. While the Gambia is endowed with ample water resources, the economic value of these resources is not fully exploited. NAWEC has drilled many boreholes in different areas of the country but most of them are not metered and some do not have the right size of meters, are outdated or damaged. Management of the water sector is somewhat fragmented. The Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources (MFWR) is responsible for the overall management of water resources as well as for rural water supply and sanitation services, while NAWEC is the public utility responsible for provision of water supply and sanitation services in urban areas and provincial centres.

World Bank Support to the Gambia

The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) additional financing, in the amount of USD 43 million, was approved by the World Bank Board of Directors on 29 June 2020. This project, which expands the scope of the parent GERMP, aims to improve NAWEC’s operational performance for both electricity and water services and will fund important investments in water infrastructure that can help address the water crisis in NAWEC’s service area.

The GERMP Additional Financing will provide essential support to NAWEC to address some of these challenges. The project plans to strengthen the utility’s functioning through a service contract covering both electricity and water; the introduction of water drinking modules in the information management system (IMS); training; and strategic studies on sanitation. A separate component will strengthen NAWEC’s planning on non-revenue water reduction; install retail meters and district metered areas (DMAs); introduce energy efficiency measures; rehabilitate storage tanks; finance new water connections; and improve water quality at selected water treatment facilities. Moreover, considering the current coronavirus pandemic, the project will provide emergency support to NAWEC to purchase IT equipment for staff; supply water to unconnected areas through borehole drilling and tanker trucks; purchase needed spare parts and equipment to ensure continuity of service provision; provide handwashing and hygiene kits to the population; and implement hygiene campaigns.
Addressing the Challenge of Non-Revenue Water (NRW)

The current NRW rate is estimated to be between 35% to 45% but this rate is very uncertain as NAWEC does not have a systematic way of measuring apparent and physical losses in its coverage zone. NAWEC does not have an NRW department or unit in its organizational structure. The leakages in the network are compromising the confidence that communities, regulatory officials, and the media place in NAWEC.

There are five main water treatments plants in the country. The treatment plants in the GBA are in a closed network with isolation valves in between the served areas of the network, supposed to help operations during peak periods. In addition, there are master meters serving as inlets and outlets to the treatment plants. Most of these meters are not operating, making the management of the water business challenging for the company without proper data acquisition and analysis.

Objective of recruiting a consulting firm.

The objective of this assignment is to help NAWEC develop its knowledge base on NRW and develop a plan for reducing NRW in its service area, with a focus on GBA. The firm to be recruited will provide continuous technical assistance (TA) to NAWEC and will produce several key services and products that should place NAWEC on a solid path to tackling its NRW. As much as possible, the firm should work closely with NAWEC staff as well as local engineers and technicians, to transfer knowledge and build capacity on NRW.

Scope of work of the consulting firm

The scope of work includes but is not limited to the following tasks:

Task 1: Situational Assessment (6 months)

The consulting firm will do an initial assessment of the NAWEC water business to develop a preliminary assessment of the dimensions of NAWEC’s NRW challenge. In so doing, the consulting firm should engage in extensive discussions with stakeholders, review existing data and studies, and draw on its knowledge of NRW trends around the world to place NAWEC’s situation into context.

 

Specifically, the firm will deliver the following.

  1. Institutional and Policy Framework

The goal of this task is to understand the enabling environment for the NRW activity.

Key activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • Review previous water supply and NRW studies, policies, rules, and regulations where available.
  • Assess the appetite of NAWEC management and staff, policy makers and other key constituents (e.g., the regulator) to address NRW.
  • Undertake a review of national and local laws which govern water supply in the Gambia. This review should include asset standards and review these versus international standards. Document the potential impact of these standards on the NRW tasks detailed in these TORs.
  • Review the current organizational structure for dealing with NRW in terms of staffing, budget, and operational set-up (assets, equipment etc). Complete a skills review of engineering and technical staff at NAWEC regarding water operations and NRW. Clearly outline the strengths and identify gaps.
  • Review NAWEC procurement and supply chain arrangements with an eye to the equipment needed for successful NRW projects – document risks and identify solutions.
  • Review NAWEC asset management information including mapping of pipe infrastructure, understanding of pipe materials and specifications of meters
  • Document the impact of the current situation of water losses and commercial inefficiencies and their impact on customers, NAWEC partners, and NAWEC itself. Parameters to consider include:
    • health impacts of unreliable water supply for households
    • impact on businesses and hence the impact on the Gambian economy
    • coping costs of securing alternative supplies
    • morale within NAWEC resulting from these issues.
    • accelerated degradation of the pipes due to intermittent supply; (the cumulative effect of this on pipe asset life should be identified)
    • public/ government perception of NAWEC and impact on its “brand”.

The above parameters are indicative – the consultant is encouraged to consider other parameters as appropriate.

 

  1. Field Assessment

The goal of this task is for the consultant to start activities that aim to improve data accuracy and get an initial indication of priorities for NRW reduction. Extensive field work is expected to collect the raw data to approximate the baseline situation of physical losses. A key aspect of this work will be identifying core NAWEC staff with operational knowledge and experience who should become focal points in this work with the consultant.

 

Key activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  1. bi) Technical Information
  • Verify network diagrams, specifications, and condition data. Review information on network monitoring equipment (flow and pressure data).
  • Describe the current water production facilities including information on volume of water produced (m3/day and m3/year) and type of energy used (gravity/ pumped). Include information on the cost of producing drinking water at NAWEC.
  • Assess the plants inlet and outlet flow meters including type, size, installation, data transfer, chamber dimension and distance to any main fitting. Assess any other relevant meter information.
  • Assess the state of the distribution infrastructure and related assets and equipment. Assess the quality, material, length, and age of the network. Field visits and photographic evidence will be needed.
  • Collect data on actual pressure and flow in the network and set points at production locations. Pressure and flow should be logged over several weeks to understand the pressure profile and link with water production and operation of the network.
  • Determine the reservoirs in the network and the modalities for operating and maintaining them.
  • Assess the reservoirs inlet and outlet flow meters including type, size, installation, data transfer, chamber dimension and distance to any main fitting, as well as any other relevant information.
  • Review the leak detection equipment in the utility, if any, and make recommendations for the procurement of the most appropriate equipment to reduce water leakages.
  • Evaluate leakage repair data and determine the annual number of leaks repaired, differentiating them between leaks on service connections and main pipes, both for reported leaks and those identified by leak detection teams.
  • Evaluate any unauthorized consumption, including an estimation of the number of connections and volume consumed.
  • Examine pipeline replacement records as well as existing pipeline replacement plans.
  • Assess the availability of water supply against forecast demand and identify core system constraints.
  • Analyze what measures, if any, are in place for asset maintenance and provide recommendations as appropriate.

Task 2: Baseline Data and Summary report (6 months)

Drawing on the information collected from the preceding tasks, the consultant will prepare a detailed baseline and summary report of the NRW situation in NAWEC’s coverage zone. The report must include the following:

 

  • An International Water Association water balance of the performance for each of the NAWEC water treatments plants and standalone systems.
  • Estimate potential water demand savings through the implementation of an NRW (real losses) program involving leakage detection and pressure management across the following water balance categories:
    • Current annual real losses (CARL)
    • Unavoidable annual real losses (UARL)
    • Customer (post meter) usage
    • Estimate likely burst reductions and associated cost savings.
  • Review NRW (apparent losses) and consider:
    • Using IWA Water Balance tools and best practice methodologies, develop an estimation of NRW (apparent losses) due to:
      • inefficiencies in the billing process
      • unbilled authorized consumption and total volume of such consumption
      • unauthorized consumption and the annual volume of such consumption

 

  • The NAWEC water meter fleet. The report should review meter coverage, meter accuracy, and assess strategies to avoid apparent losses and minimize revenue losses for
  • A review of water metering for business and commercial customers to ensure that NAWEC is appropriately billing for water consumed by these high value customers.
  • A review of metered standpipe arrangements and identification of appropriate future policies and strategies.
  • Key indicators of NRW/ overview of headline NRW (real and apparent losses) figures. This information can be presented in an Excel spreadsheet or another format that is easy to follow.
  • Results of testing in pilot DMAs and analysis/ interpretation of results
  • Results of field tests on each of the aspects of the water balance such as: source meter accuracy, customer meter accuracy, illegal connections, household consumption patterns, nighttime consumption, night flow and pressure etc.
  • Results of bottom-up pressure leakage and time leakage field tests to identify what will happen when changes are made to time of supply or operating pressure or both calculations of improved estimations of the system input and output volumes.
  • Recommendations /guidance to NAWEC on improving network plans, updating customer information, leakage management, pressure optimization and any other improvements that are deemed necessary to monitor losses in these DMAs.

 

Task 3: Development and Installation of DMAs (18 months)

NAWEC currently has virtual DMAs that are not yet represented on a map or used during operations. Moreover, there is no identification of inlets and outlets master meters to monitor water losses. The night flow of these zones is also not monitored.

The consultant should assess the distribution network and advise on the demarcation of the network into functional DMAs in close consultation with NAWEC staff. NAWEC shall provide data if available otherwise the consultant will be responsible to establish this data.

In order to develop a solid baseline on NRW, the Consultant will be required to do the following:

  • Conduct an assessment to map the network and the assets to improve data collection, data management and analysis with the aim to improve operational efficiency.
  • Divide the served areas into hydraulic zones and identify the inlets and outlets of DMAs.
  • Determine the equipment to be used in the network such as leak detection loggers, antennas for communication and equipment for pressure optimization. Draw up technical specifications for this equipment.
  • A ranking of the hydraulic zones and DMAs in terms of priority for implementation, with justifications provided.
  • Assess the status of existing bulk water meters including age, sizing, block/faulty, duplicated accounts, and other issues in the meter park etc
  • Draw up recommendations on the needs for rehabilitating or replacing aging water infrastructure (pipe networks, network control valves, fire hydrants and air valves)

Task 4: NRW Plan and Options (6 months)

Drawing on the previous tasks, the Consultant should develop an effective NRW reduction plan (both real and apparent losses) that can guide NAWEC and its partners on practical actions to take to reduce NRW and sustain those gains. The plan should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Development of a NRW Strategy (real and apparent losses) for NAWEC. The strategy should document an agreed program of activities which should be implemented. The strategy documents will include:
  • Detailed Project Plan (Gantt Chart) and Resourcing Plan for the Implementation of an agreed NRW (real and apparent losses) Program
  • District Meter Design (DMA Maps) for the implementation of an agreed NRW (real loss) intervention, including
    • Suitable DMA split up of the network,
    • Appropriate metering required to implement water loss projects,
    • Logging and monitoring points throughout the network to ensure standards of service are secured,
    • Pressure management opportunities.
  • Procurement plan and draft tender documents

Specific documents shall be prepared by the consulting firm in collaboration with the PIU/NAWEC to include the needs of the client:

  • bills of quantities
  • technical specifications
  • technical designs
  • project cost estimates
  • preparation of technical elements of the draft RFQ/RFP and draft contract

 

  • Project Risk Register for each agreed NRW (real and apparent losses) intervention
  • Analysis of different options and contractual modalities for delivering the program of NRW management (both real and apparent losses). Options could include, but are not limited to:
    • performance-based contract with a private operator,
    • small-scale contracts with contractors or consultants to address stand-alone elements such as metering or billing,
    • in-house civil works done by NAWEC, or
    • some other modalities with or without the private sector.
  • Appraise the financial dimensions of different NRW options. The consultants will cost out the NRW-Reduction Program (real and apparent losses) and conduct an appraisal cost-benefit analysis and payback of the proposed NRW-Reduction Program (real and apparent losses)
  • Identification of the key performance indicators (quantitative) and best practices (qualitative) to be used by NAWEC in ongoing NRW management. (target setting should happen at a utility scale, at a treatment plant scale and at a district meter scale)
  • An assessment of the key strengths and risks that will hinder a successful NRW reduction program.
  • An overview of the capacity needs within NAWEC and how to meet them e.g., through new hires, external expertise, staff training etc. Propose changes to the organizational setup that could allow for a successful NRW reduction program
  • A preliminary assessment of the viewpoints and capacity of various stakeholders to support both the NRW reduction program and their willingness to work with the private sector (if this option is recommended)
  • NRW training program for NAWEC technical staff with the aim of improving technical know-how and continue the management of NRW over the long term.

Task 5: Training of NAWEC Staff (continuous, over the course of 24 months)

  • Drawing on the skills assessment conducted under Task 1, develop a set of learning and development goals for team members to support the implementation of the NRW Program (real and apparent losses)
  • Working with the Corporate Services Team in NAWEC, embed these learning and development goals into the NAWEC Staff Performance Management system.
  • Develop a series of training materials and courses to match the learning needs of the NAWEC Team. The courses should incorporate learning materials (such as lectures, written course notes, practical exercises and testing material) to assist different learning types.
  • Organize a series of seminars, workshops and infield training activities to sensitize and inform NAWEC technical staff on various dimensions of NRW (real and apparent). As an indicative number, 12 seminars a year should be the basis for planning. However, the exact number of workshops, topics and level of effort will be determined to align with the NRW Strategy and the assessed needs of NAWEC staff.
  • Provide NAWEC staff with publications, written materials, data, digital content and other resources to help enhance their knowledge on NRW.
  • Provide training on specialized software as needed and as appropriate.
  • Develop a system e.g., Share Point for documenting, sharing and archiving information with the NAWEC team

Required qualifications and experience:

  1. Experience of a firm:
  • Providing advisory in the area of urban water services management (being a core business) for at least 7 years.
  • At least 2 similar contracts for the last 7 years, each of such contracts shall include at least two of the following key activities:
  • Water Audit to determine physical and apparent losses
  • District metered area (DMA) management including hydraulic analysis of water distribution system and meter replacement plan
  • Data collection and analysis for water business
  • Experience with similar assignments in Sub-Saharan Africa will be an additional advantage.

 

  1. The Core Team of the consulting firm will have the following qualifications:
  • Team Leader: An experienced water engineer with a Civil Engineering degree or equivalent professional qualification in relevant discipline of engineering with at least 10 years urban water services management, service delivery improvement and program design/delivery, in developing countries, experience. Experience in coordinating across multi-disciplinary stakeholders, facilitation and communication skills are needed. Global experience of work in urban water utilities specially in NRW area in developing countries is strongly preferred.
  • NRW Specialist: A seasoned water professional with a relevant university degree and a strong and proven experience (at least 10 years) in NRW and leakage detection/reduction program design and implementation in water utilities. Experience in developing country contexts is strongly preferred.
  • Commercial Specialist: An experienced professional with a relevant university degree with a background in accounting, customer service, IT or a related field with at least 5-years’ experience in utility billing, revenue management, metering and managing customer databases. Experience in developing country contexts is strongly preferred.
  • Legal/ Institutional Specialist: An experienced professional with a relevant university degree and at least 5-years’ experience of working with water utilities to strengthen their technical and organizational functioning. Experience in capacity building, change management and stakeholder engagement would be important. Ability to advise on the institutional and legal feasibility of recommended actions is needed. Experience in developing country contexts is strongly preferred.
  • Research and Data Management Specialist: The team should include a focal point who will be responsible for managing data generated from the assignment, including developing the NRW database, producing progress reports, and preparing the final study. Strong research capabilities and excellent technical writing skills are required. The expert shall have a relevant university degree and 5 years of relevant experience.

Additional Information

  • The contract will be for a Firm, that will report to the PIU Coordinator of NAWEC in Banjul, The Gambia.
  • Selection of the Consultants will be conducted in accordance with the Consultants Quality and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) method of selection, as outlined in the World Bank Procurement Regulations.
  • The selected firm must mobilize staff to be stationed for a significant time in Banjul, Gambia, during the duration of the field assessment and agreed periodic field visits during implementation.
  • The successful candidate will sign a lump-sum contract.

 

Assignment/Contract duration

The estimated start date is January 2022, and the contract duration is for 2.5 years. The estimated efforts is 23 staff months.

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION) – CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO DEVELOP AND DESIGN NON-REVENUE WATER (NRW) REDUCTION PLAN

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION)

The Gambia

Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP)

Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: IDA-D6530

Assignment Title: CONSULTANCY SERVICES to DEVELOP AND DESIGN Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction PLAN

Reference No. (as per Procurement Plan): GM-NAWEC-213881-CS-CQS-BIS

 

The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) additional financing, in the amount of USD 43 million, was approved by the World Bank Board of Directors on 29 June 2020. This project, which expands the scope of the parent GERMP, aims to improve NAWEC’s operational performance for both electricity and water services and will fund important investments in water infrastructure that can help address the water crisis in NAWEC’s service area.

 

The GERMP Additional Financing will provide essential support to NAWEC to address some of these challenges. The project plans to strengthen the utility’s functioning through a service contract covering both electricity and water; the introduction of water drinking modules in the information management system (IMS); training; and strategic studies on sanitation. A separate component will strengthen NAWEC’s planning on non-revenue water reduction; install retail meters and district metered areas (DMAs); introduce energy efficiency measures; rehabilitate storage tanks; finance new water connections; and improve water quality at selected water treatment facilities. Moreover, considering the current coronavirus pandemic, the project will provide emergency support to NAWEC to purchase IT equipment for staff; supply water to unconnected areas through borehole drilling and tanker trucks; purchase needed spare parts and equipment to ensure continuity of service provision; provide handwashing and hygiene kits to the population; and implement hygiene campaigns.

 

The objective of this assignment is to help NAWEC develop its knowledge base on Non-revenue Water (NRW) and develop a plan for reducing NRW in its service area, with a focus on GBA. The firm to be recruited will provide continuous technical assistance (TA) to NAWEC and will produce several key services and products that should place NAWEC on a solid path to tackling its NRW. As much as possible, the firm should work closely with NAWEC staff as well as local engineers and technicians, to transfer knowledge and build capacity on NRW.

 

Scope of work of the consulting firm

 

Task 1: Situational Assessment (6 months)

  1. Institutional and Policy Framework
  2. Field Assessment
  3. c) Collection and Analysis of Technical Information

 

Task 2: Baseline Data and Summary report (6 months)

 

Task 3: Development and Installation of DMAs (18 months)

 

Task 4: NRW Plan and Options (6 months)

 

Task 5: Training of NAWEC Staff (continuous, over the course of 24 months)

 

National Water and Electricity Company Limited (NAWEC) now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

 

Required qualifications and experience:

 

  • Providing advisory in the area of urban water services management (being a core business) for at least 7 years.
  • At least 2 similar contracts for the last 7 years, each of such contracts shall include at least two of the following key activities::
  • Water Audit to determine physical and apparent losses
  • District metered area (DMA) management including hydraulic analysis of water distribution system and meter replacement plan
  • Data collection and analysis for water business_
  • Experience with similar assignments in Sub-Saharan Africa will be an additional advantage.

 

The Qualifications and Experience of Key Experts shall not be included in the shortlisting criteria. Key Experts will not be evaluated at the shortlisting stage.

 

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 and revised November 2017 and August 2018 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

 

Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications, but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub-consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

 

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Procurement Regulations.

 

The TOR and further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours:

 

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by October 5th, 2021.

 

The Managing Director

National Water and Electricity Company

Attn: Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

53 Mamadi Maniyang  Highway

Kanifing, K.M.C.

P.O. Box 609, Banjul

The Gambia

Tel: +220 4376607 / 4376608

Fax: +220  4375990

E-mail: hnjie@nawec.gm, mfsanyang@nawec.gm

The Ministry of Petroleum & Energy Terms of Reference for the Review and Update of National Energy Policy, Strategies and Action Plan

The Ministry of Petroleum & Energy

 

 

 

Terms of Reference

 

for the Review and Update of National Energy Policy, Strategies and Action Plan

 

 

FINAL

 

 

September 2021

 

1.     Introduction and Background

In The Gambia, the electricity access rate is estimated around 60 % and more than 85% of households in The Gambia depend on traditional biomass to meet their basic energy needs. Therefore, increasing access to modern clean and affordable energy services for the population could have enormous multiplier effects such as reducing poverty, empowering women, generating opportunities as well as improving standard of living for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Currently, The Gambia energy sector is characterized by heavy dependence on traditional biomass fuels mainly for household consumption, and imported petroleum products for electricity generation and transport. Cognizant of the afore-mentioned situation, the Government of The Gambia is committed to improving the energy situation in order to spur economic growth. In 2005, the Ministry of Energy developed the National Energy Policy, Strategies and Action plan which was revised in 2014 with the overall objective of re-defining the sector strategic objectives. Since then, a number of developments have taken in the energy sector including the development of an electricity roadmap in 2015, which was updated in 2017 and recently in 2021 to reflect new market opportunities and guide the development of the electricity sub-sector in the short-,  medium- and long-term (2021 to 2040). There is strong need for the National Energy Policy to be consistent with the roadmap objectives.

It is against this backdrop that the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is seeking the services of a consulting firm to review and update the National Energy Policy (2014) to reflect the recent changes and development in the sector especially in electricity, renewable energy, energy efficiency, domestic energy as well as petroleum sub-sectors. The review and update of the policy document would be carried out in consultation with relevant stakeholder institutions including the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment, Ministry of Transport, Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, National Environment Agency, Department of Forestry, National Water and Electricity Company, Gambia National Petroleum Corporation, NGOs, Civil Society, Private Sector etc. The assignment will be funded through the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) co-financed by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the EU.

 

2.     Objectives

 

The objective of the assignment is to support the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy to:

 

  1. Review the effectiveness of the existing energy sector policies, strategies, programs, and projects implemented since 2014.
  2. Develop smart policy measures for the electricity, petroleum, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and domestic energy sub-sectors as well as cross-cutting issues.
  • Update the energy policy and recommend key policy measures, strategies, and actions for effective implementation.

 

3.     Scope of Work

 

The scope of work covers the whole energy sector and will be conducted in phases. Phase one will conduct a thorough desk review of existing policies, plans, and programmes at both national and regional levels. Phase two will entail consultation with stakeholders, SWOT analysis of the energy sector. While phase three will focus on updating the National Energy Policy (2014), Strategy and Action Plan for the various sub-sectors.

 

  • Phase One:  Detailed Desk Review of Policies, Plan and Programmes

 

This phase will entail a detailed review of existing energy policies, strategic objectives, plans and programmes at both national as well as regional level to identify the existing gaps between the policies, plans, programs under the current situation and the policy, plans, programs needed to meet the sector objectives in terms of safe, secure, affordable energy and low carbon development. This phase is expected to last for a period of two weeks.

 

3.2 Phase Two: Stakeholder Consultation, SWOT Analysis of the Energy Sector

This phase will involve a detailed SWOT analysis of the energy sector and high-level consultations with relevant stakeholders. It also involves assessment and analysis of projects, and programmes undertaken in the last 10 years. The purpose of this assessment is to help draw useful lessons from the implementation of the projects and programs, as well as make recommendations to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for future effective implementation of similar projects and programs.

 

This phase of the work is expected to last for four weeks. The consultants shall make a presentation of the findings to stakeholders in a Consultation Workshop.

3.3  Phase Three: Update of the National Energy Policy (2014) and re-define Strategy and Action Plan (2021-2030)

 

The third phase will mainly involve the update of the National Energy Policy (2014) Strategy and Action Plan. This should be informed by the outputs of Phase 1 and 2.

 

The consulting firm is expected to conduct the update of the energy policy and align it with the relevant regional (ECOWAS, AU etc.) and international energy policies and strategies (such as the SE4ALL, NDCs).

 

This phase is expected to be completed within six weeks. The consulting firm shall present draft updated policy, strategies, and action plan at a National Stakeholder Validation Workshop.

 

4.        Deliverables

 

For the purpose of this assignment, there will be four deliverables:

 

  1. Inception Report: This should be prepared and submitted after the inception meeting with the Ministry and shall outline the agreed methodology, workplan for the assignment, and detailed desk review of policies, plans and programmes in the energy sector and gap analysis. To be submitted two weeks after the inception meeting (draft and final)
  2. Detailed SWOT Analysis of the Energy Sector and Stakeholder consultation Report
  • Draft Updated National Energy Policy, Strategies and Action Plan (2021-2030)
  1. Final Updated National Energy Policy, Strategies and Action Plan (2021-2030): This final version of the updated policy shall be submitted two weeks after the Validation Workshop incorporating all comments

 

Draft reports for each deliverable (I-IV) shall be submitted via email to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. For each of the deliverables I, II, and IV, the consulting firm is required to submit 1 soft copy (in USB) and 5 hard copies to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

 

In addition, the consulting firm shall provide the slide packs for the Consultation Workshop and for the Validation Workshop to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy by email no later than 5 days prior to the respective Workshop.

5.        Duration of Assignment

The timeframe for the consultancy service shall be for a maximum period of 4 calendar months.

6.        Responsibilities of the Consulting firm

 

The responsibilities of the consulting firm will include the following:

 

  1. To carry out the assignment in the most professional manner desired.
  2. Be responsible for collecting all data and information required for the completion of the assignment.
  3. Be responsible for its own transportation, accommodation, and subsistence during stakeholder consultations and for the two workshops.
  4. Be responsible for the printing and binding and delivery of all reports as outlined in section 4 of this Terms of Reference.
  5. Prepare PowerPoint presentation of the relevant key deliverables and present this at the Consultation Workshop and at the Validation Workshop.
  6. Be responsible for addressing all comments received from stakeholders and providing a comments matrix describing how all comments have been addressed.

7.     Responsibilities of the Ministry of Petroleum & Energy (MOPE)

 

The responsibilities of MOPE will include the following:

 

  1. Facilitate and support the work of the consultant during the assignment (stakeholder consultations etc.)
  2. Provide all documents (policies, strategies, action plans, Acts, regulations etc.) related to the assignment
  3. Coordinate the logistical arrangements for the organization of the two workshops (stakeholder consultation and validation workshops) (i.e., send invitations). Prepare and submit budget to GERMP PIU for the organization of the workshops to cover the costs of venue, food and refreshments, printing of materials etc.)
  4. Provide timely comments on draft deliverables.

 

 

8.        Qualifications of the Consulting firm

The consulting firm must be incorporated in the Gambia (proof of business registration). The firm must have been in existence for at least five (5) years and have:

  • Proven experience in policy and strategy development in the Gambia and/or in the sub-region
  • Experience in the energy sector, locally and internationally
  • Experience conducting similar assignments for public sector institutions in the Gambia

 

The team should comprise of the following three (3) key experts with qualifications and experience outlined below:-

  • Team Leader/Lead Expert
  • Energy Economist
  • Public Policy Expert

 

  • The Team Leader

The Team Leader would coordinate the overall work, assure the coherence and quality of the services provided and lead the delivery of the content of the assignment. The team leader’s profile should have:

  • At least a master’s degree in public policy, economics, engineering, strategic planning, business administration or related field
  • At least 10 years professional experience in developing policies, strategies and action plans for the public sector
  • Experience in policy and regulatory aspects of energy
  • Experience in leading similar assignments
  • Ability to analyze, compile and synthesize, and present technical information
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Excellent writing / presentation skills and fluent in English
  • Energy Economist
  • A master’s level degree in economics, finance, engineering, or the economics and energy related field
  • At least 8 years’ experience in energy policy, energy planning,
  • Ability to analyze, compile and synthesize, and present technical information
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Excellent writing / presentation skills and fluent in English

 

 

  • Public Policy Expert
  • A master’s level degree in public policy, strategic planning, public administration or related field
  • At least 6 years postgraduate experience in public policy development. Experience in energy policy development is desirable
  • Ability to analyze, compile and synthesize, and present technical information
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Excellent writing / presentation skills and fluent in English

 

 

  1. Reporting Requirements

The Team Leader/consultant team will report directly to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Energy. However, the consultant’s team will work closely with the Energy Division of the Ministry.

 

  1. Submission of Proposal

Interested firm should send separate technical and financial proposals in sealed envelopes marked “CONSULTANCY FOR UPDATE OF NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY, STRATEGIES AND ACTION PLAN (2021-2030)” and addressed to:

Permanent Secretary           

Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Petroleum House, Brusubi Roundabout

Brikama Area Council

Invitation for Expression of Interest – Water Supply Project in the Great Banjul Area (WASIB)

Invitation for Prequalification

GAMBIA

Water Supply Project in the Great Banjul Area (WASIB)

Short-term – Emergency Works Component

SEPTEMBER 2021

The National Water and Electricity Company of Gambia (NAWEC) has received funds from Agence Française de Développement (“AFD“) and it intends to apply part of the funds to payments under the contract concerned by the present invitation, for Design & Build of the Short-term Works of the Water Supply Project in the Great Banjul Area (WASIB). The Employer intends to prequalify firms for attribution of this contract, comprising the following scope of work:

Emergency works
Rehabilitation of 8 damaged water tank liners
Design and build of 1 new elevated water tank for replacement (Serrekunda old tank – 500 m3) – including foundations and tower;
Design and build of 1 new water ground level reservoir for replacement (Serrekunda reservoir – 900 m3);
Replacement of 3 damaged elevated water tanks’ galvanised tank panels (tank only);
Replacement of 9 old transfer pumps
Upgrade of 2 transfer pumping stations (Brikama north line & Kotu ring)
Design and build of 2 boreholes in the airport sector (Airport 2 and 3), including equipment and connection to the transmission line to the Yundum new tank and MV line
Equipment of 1 borehole (Airport 1) in the airport sector and connection to the transmission line to the Yundum new tank and MV line;
Connection of 1 borehole (NASA) in the airport sector to the transmission line to the Yundum new tank and MV line;
Design and build of 2.58 km DN150-DN300 uPVC transmission main between NASA well and Yundum new elevated tank, including all joints, valves, accessories, and structure. Including topographic survey;
Purchase and implementation of bulk water metering: 36 on wells, 27 inlets/outlets of water tanks, 17 for treatment plants and pumps. Including 21 emitters for tanks outlet meters and 35 emitters for wells meters;
Construction of 8 new chambers for implementation of meters;
Replacement of faulty non-return valves: 27 at the inlet of elevated tanks, 32 for transfer pumps;
Replacement of inlet and outlet pipes of 8 elevated tanks;
Implementation of 21 regulation valves on elevated tanks.
Implementation of 6 float valves on elevated tanks;
Implementation of telemetric remote control-command of 21 elevated tanks, 16 wells of Brikama well field and 19 stand-alone wells;
Equipment of two control rooms for telemetric system and training (Brikama and Serrekunda);
Replacement of existing water treatment plant chlorination system by calcium hypochlorite, and O&M training on 5 WTPs.
Purchase of wells spare submersible pumps, motors, and impellers
Supply and delivery of truck with mounted crane for maintenance of submersible pumps
Purchase of 10 000 customer water meters
Laboratory equipment upgrade and training.

Interested eligible Applicants may obtain further information from and inspect the prequalification documents at the Office Managing Director National Water and Electricity Company Ltd (address below) from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

A complete set of the prequalification documents in English may be obtained free of charge by interested Applicants on the submission of a written application to the address below. The documents will be sent to the Applicants by email.

Applications for prequalification should be submitted in sealed envelopes, delivered to the address below by 20th OCTOBER 2021, and be clearly marked “APPLICATION TO PREQUALIFY FOR DESIGN & BUILD OF THE SHORT-TERM WORKS OF THE WATER SUPPLY PROJECT IN THE GREATER BANJUL AREA (WASIB)“.

 

The Office of the Managing Director, National Water and Electricity Company Ltd.

PO BOX, 609   53 Mamadi Maniyang Highway kanifing, Banjul The Gambia

Telephone: 00220 -9962551

Email: adibba@nawec.gm

 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – Water Distribution Network Technical Fault

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
Due to a technical fault, our water distribution network is currently affected, especially within the KOTU ring area. The affected communities are Brusubi, Brufut, Bijilo and Kerr Serigne. Our engineers are already on the ground and work is expected to be completed within the next hour.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.