India’s prestigious international development consulting firm, VisionRI, has been shortlisted for the update of the GIS database for last-mile electrification in West African nation Ghana. The shortlisting was made through global tendering.
“Digital Development and Energy both are among the six
core areas of specialization of VisionRI. We have successfully implemented
several power projects in African and Asian countries while some are under
progress. We are very much confident to bag this project as well,” said
Mr. J. P. Singh, Managing Director of VisionRI.
The existing GIS Electrification Database was developed by the Ministry of Energy, Government of the Republic of Ghana, with the assistance of the World Bank, in 2010.
It has captured data for about 31,000 communities with a
population above 500. This project is part of the National Electrification
Scheme (NES) of Ghana which is being implemented since 1990.
According to a review report, by the end of 2018, the
electricity access in Ghana was increased from 23 per cent to 84 per cent with
over 11,000 communities connected to the national grid.
The Ministry now aims to achieve universal electricity
access by 2030 by including communities with a population less than 500 that
are remotely located in challenging geographical areas.
As per the letter of the Ministry of Energy, Government of
the Republic of Ghana, the objectives of the work include to review the
existing GIS electrification database in use by the Ministry, to develop and
implement a comprehensive data collection approach for updating the Ministry’s
GIS electrification database and to process and upload the collected data into
the Ministry’s GIS electrification database system.
The duration of this project will be 8 months (32 weeks). In
the global tender, the Ministry has shortlisted six firms including one from
Besides a firm from Portugal, a consortium of Greece and
Ghana-based firms have also been shortlisted.
The shortlisted firms have been asked to submit their
technical and financial proposals by 4 pm (local time) on April 20, 2020.
The project is funded by the International Development
Association (IDA) of the World Bank Group.
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