Request for Expression of Interest (CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION)


Project ID: P162580

Grant IDA No: D332


Project:  Solar development in Sub-Saharan Africa Phase 1 (Sahel)


Reference N°: BJ-WAPP-102164-CS-QCBS

The West African Power Pool (WAPP) Secretariat, a specialized institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), headquartered in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, has received a financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Solar development in Sub-Saharan Africa Phase 1 (Sahel) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services

The consulting services (“the Services”) include a feasibility study for a Solar Part “Plug and Play” in Gambia with the total indicative capacity of 150 MW with battery storage. The feasibility study consists of the following main tasks:

  1. Data collection;
  2. Site selection (preliminary network study for the integration of the Solar Park (s) at the pre-selected substations, identification of potential parcels of land, selection of the final sites and the right of way of connecting to the substation;
  • Technical options and preliminary technical design with battery storage;
  1. Conditions for the integration of the Solar Pack into electrical network, network connection and a stability study;
  2. Integration of the SCADA system;
  3. Electricity generation profiles, economic and financial analysis;
  • Diagnosis and evaluation of investments for the creation of a national dispatching centre;
  • Training programme;

The level of effort to be provided is estimated at 22 man-months. The total mission execution period is estimated to be 32 weeks after the contract is signed. The mission is expected to start around  January 2020.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following website:

Please note that these TOR are indicative and could change before the issuance of the Request for Proposals.

The West African Power Pool (WAPP) Secretariat 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. The shortlisting criteria are: (i) reference for similar services and comparable missions; (ii) experience in solar with battery storage projects, (iii) experience in electrical system integration and stability project implementation, and (iv) experience undertaking projects in the West Africa region.

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 Revised November 2017 and August 2018 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. In addition, please refer to the following specific information on conflict of interest related to this assignment: Interested Consultants for this assignment should note that a separate Request for Expressions of Interest for carrying out Environmental &Social studies for Regional Solar Parc in Gambia will be also published. The Consultants are informed that they can only be awarded one of the contracts and not both.

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 liable for the entire contract, if selected.

The Consultants will be selected in accordance with the “Quality and Cost-based Selection” method set out in the Procurement Regulations.

Further information can be obtained via email addressed to:

Mr Hichem Chaibi at with copy to; and

Expressions of Interest must be submitted in English to the address below by October 28th, 2019 10:00 AM. The submission shall consist of one original + 4 hard copies + an electronic version on USB

West African Power Pool

Attn:  Mr. Siengui A. KI, Secretary General

Zone des Ambassades, PK-6, Akpakpa Cotonou

06 BP 2907 Cotonou


Tel: (+229) 21 37 41 95 / (+229) 95 28 46 02

Expressions of Interest must be delivered in sealed envelopes bearing the title: GAMBIAEOI for Feasibility Study of Regional Solar Park Project – REF Reference N°: BJ-WAPP-102164-CS-QCBS. Applications submitted online will not be considered.