The West African Power Pool (WAPP) or the System of exchange for the EEEOA (West African Electrical Energy Exchange System) is a specialised institution of ECOWAS entrusted with the task of creating a unified regional energy market. The WAPP secretariat is based in Cotonou, Benin. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the integration of the electricity sectors and markets in west African countries with the aim of creating a regional electricity market. The specific objective of the project is to reinforce the competencies of WAPP personnel through the organisation of technical exchange workshops and a transfer of knowledge and expertise. The assignment includes the following activities: • Inception mission to precise key activities needed by the WAPP and power utilities: assistance to selected project preparation and monitoring activities; contribution of the project to overall WAPP capacity building and training programme; • Project preparation activities: identification missions, definition of project characteristics and proposed organisation with responsible ministries and power utilities; preparation of Terms of Reference for selected preliminary and feasibility studies; follow-up of consultant team work on behalf of WAPP and selected power utilities. Among key activities was the preparation of Terms of Reference and follow-up of a Generation and Transmission Master Plan for WAPP member countries; identification and preparation of several international interconnection projects: Guinea-Mali, Ghana – Burkina Faso – Mali (update), Ghana – Côte d’Ivoire reinforcement; review of regional communications and development of control centers and preparation of a regional implementation programme; pre-feasibility study and preparation of Terms of Reference for a 30 MW solar CSP demonstration project in Mali, Preparation of legal documentation for the WAPP Fibre Optics Leasing Consortium and the Terms of Reference for selection of the management company; • Capacity Building and training activities: network operating principles under development of a regional power market and interconnected transmission networks: preparation and implementation of a training programme in English and French; workshop on institutional, legal (especially development of Public-Private Partnerships) and governance aspects of priority international infrastructure projects; • Monthly and Quarterly Reports to summarize main activities and present all project preparation notes, studies and report; • Final Report with a summary of all activities and presentation of detailed accounts of the assignment, including technical assistance activities and all reimbursable costs, in particular capacity building and training activities: international travel, workshops and seminars. *Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

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