Posted on :
28 Sep, 2022
28 Sep, 2022
Since 2017, TBI has been working on the regional energy markets in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Notable among the works of TBI is the West Africa Trade Outlook produced in 2019. In this report, an analysis of the market conditions in which ECOWAS countries could benefit from power trade was done. This study highlighted those 14 countries could enjoy $32 bn of trading benefits during the following decade if energy could be freely exchanged among themselves. At the same time, regional integration would also bring an environmental dividend: 23 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030 compared with a Business As Usual scenario. This would be an important achievement (it is equal to the annual emissions of the entire diesel vehicle fleet of the United Kingdom) in an international context that applies more and more pressure on Governments to limit their carbon emission.
Job Title: Energy Advisor – West Africa Power Pool
For these reasons, in West Africa TBI increased its commitment to accelerate the needed market integration across the five dimensions of market readiness: institutional, regulatory, operational, commercial, and infrastructural. Within this framework, TBI started a partnership in 2020 with ERERA (West Africa regional regulator), the regional regulator, to address the issue of regulatory barriers to trade and reform the transmission tariff methodology. In parallel, TBI was appointed transaction advisor for the OMVG deal (between Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia, and Senegal), where it’s supporting the OMVG secretariat brokering a win-win deal among countries. Finally, TBI has joined forces with the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) to complete the market architecture and advance other key regional transactions. This regional footprint and the experience of TBI in brokering transactions among Governments, make the institute uniquely positioned to help regional institutions accelerate the implementation of the regional power pool. This work will also contribute to the Sahel’s integration into the WAPP, via Niger, which will be in turn connected with the other Sahel countries through the trans-Sahelian backbone. For these reasons, TBI is now looking for an energy consultant with sound technical and financial experience that can lead its engagement with regional institutions in West Africa.
TBI support will be provided directly to WAPP by the West Africa consultant. The following workstreams are proposed:
WAPP is currently approving the WAPP Grid Code which requires generators to provide primary and secondary reserves, based on the technical characteristics of each power system. As regional trade is rapidly expanding and the network is becoming meshed, there is a necessity to develop a cross-country ancillary services market, that will ensure the effective implementation of trade, optimize costs and reduce even further the risk of blackouts. This workstream will also exploit the synergies with the current support that TBI is providing to the regional regulator ERERA: TBI will in fact assist WAPP in developing the principles of a regional ancillary services market that could complement the national provisions of ancillary services and eventually ensure that trade physically happens. The preliminary activity that TBI will carry out will be a benchmark analysis of the provisions of cross-border ancillary services in other markets and would then ensure the political buy-in with key national governments and Utilities.
TBI will work with WAPP to develop two digital solutions that are necessary to enact cross-country trade. In particular:
Upon request of the WAPP and in collaboration with ERERA, the national Utilities, the Governments, and their Development Partners, TBI will assist in the definition of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) to accelerate the integration of the Sahel within the wider WAPP system and ensure compliance of these agreements with the regional regulation. This could involve for example the North Core project.
Competencies and skills
This is a hybrid role (from remote and on business trips) that will require an extremely proactive and independent attitude. We are looking for enthusiastic and resilient individuals with a “can-do” outlook and the ability to consistently achieve results in a fast-paced environment. We are looking for an experienced leader with:
We welcome applicants who have an existing right to work in our office hub in Accra, Ghana, or be based remotely.
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