Description of the Project:
Objective: Improve the reliability, quality and pertinence of the hydropower studies required as a sound basis for the “call for projects” to private sector developers expected to invest in such projects.
Services provided by Skat: revision and evaluation of technical studies (feasibility studies, detailed design, tender documents) with regard to hydrology, sediment load, topography and geology, hydraulic structures, electro- and hydro mechanical equipment, transmission and distribution networks etc. Among others feasibility studies of Belaoko site with 6.5 MW (phase II 13 MW) of potential capacity and Andriamanjavona with 1.3 MW are analysed.
Activities: check sources and reliability of input data for the design (e.g. runoff, rainfall, consumption and load figures, geological information etc.), analyse the proposed design with regard to its feasibility, sustainability (e.g. generation cost per kWh, ease of O&M) and profitability (including option to feed surplus production into the JIRAMA network).
Results: Summary on each study examined with details on deficiencies, possible inconsistencies, etc. as well as specific suggestions for follow-up and improvement. Provision of a premise to call for specific improvements of the studies to finally achieve the required quality level for a “call for projects”. Thus, a better quality level is ensured which prevents project developers from futile investments and creates an improved basis for sustainable rural electrification.