AECOM International Development
Palestinian Energy Project
Contract No. AID-294 -TO- 16-00006
TITLE: Electrical and Metering Senior Engineer
LOCATION: Ramallah, the West Bank
LEVEL OF EFFORT: 40 Days (Short Term Technical Assistance)
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: TBD
REPORTS TO: Senior Utilities Advisor
USAID’s Palestinian Energy Project (PEP) aims to advance the Palestinian energy sector to support affordable and sustainable energy independence in the West Bank and Gaza. The project focuses to improve the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to modernize and diversify the Palestinian electricity sector. The project focuses on improving access to and reliability of electrical services by strategically incorporating renewable energy, which will increase the Palestinian Authority’s control of its electrical supply and improve affordability over time. The project also assists the Palestinian Authority in its efforts to expand ownership and control of its energy assets.
Assist the Palestinian Authority in its efforts to expand ownership and control of its energy assets through building the PA institutional capacity to oversee the commercial and operational administration of the Palestinian electricity sector, that includes providing and installing SCADA enabled metering hardware and software for PETL
BACKGROUND AND APPROACH:
With the signing of the “Principle of Financial Clearance and Resolution of Electricity Debts” as well as the “Establishment of a New Energy Market in the Palestinian Sector”, the Israeli Electricity Corporation (IEC) will transfer West Bank-based customers to PETL. As a part of this, the IEC will transfer 87 connection points (CPs) to PETL’s control. As a part of the asset transfer, PEP will assess the first phase of connection points in terms of distribution equipment, metering equipment, and types of meters and evaluate the findings. Based on the assessment results, PEP will then identify the types of remote terminal units, smart meters, and other electric equipment and peripherals that will interface with the SCADA center via the communication platform. Finally, a competitive procurement for a will be conducted which will include all equipment, installation, software, testing, training and support to operationalize the metering system.
PEP will assess the CPs in close cooperation with DISCOs, PETL, and relevant municipal councils. The assessment process will utilize a check lists and supporting photos. PEP will assess and inform PETL and the DISCOs of any connection point, which may require further development or rehabilitation, assisting PETL in developing a rehabilitation plan and monitoring its progress.
SCOPE OF WORK
The consultant will assess the first phase of CPs which involves 87 CPs in terms of distribution equipment, metering equipment, and types of meters and evaluate findings. The consultant will liaise with PETL, IEC, DISCOs, municipalities, village councils and customers as the case may be to get access to the CPs in question. The consultant will develop analysis tool, download the results, classify parameters and develop assessment report to identify the number of meters needed and rehabilitation required to the CPs.
Specific activities that the consultant will conduct
- The STTA will use the developed assessment template, including a checklist that will facilitate assessment, provide consistency, help avoid mistakes and hasten the process.
- Liaise with PETL, IEC, DISCOs, municipalities, village councils, and if necessary, customers to get access to the CPs in question. The STTA will visit the regions containing the points under consideration. He will include in the visits one engineer from regional DISCOs and one engineer from PETL, whenever possible, to assist him in reaching the connection points and facilitating access to the required information. PETL will coordinate with the IEC to facilitate the entry of engineers to the sites.
- The STTA will develop analysis tools based on the Excel application, download the data collected through the template and extract results.
- Develop a draft report on the findings and identify the hardware and software that is needed to provide SCADA enabled meters in each site. The consultant shall conduct a presentation for PETL.
A report which includes:
- An assessment of the connection points and the requirements of meters and metering equipment
- A report on which connection points require further rehabilitation.
- A university and/or college degree in electrical engineering, or a related field from an accredited university;
- At least ten (10) years of experience as a utility staff person.
- A high level of understanding of electric transmission and distribution systems
- A high level of understanding of metering and meters systems for MV and LV systems
- An understanding of business management, contract administration, and project management.
- Must be skilled in designing and developing electric transmission and distribution systems.
- Skilled in utilizing a variety of electrical testing and control devices.
- Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with project stakeholders.
- Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of approaches, systems, and technologies for improving the operational and financial performance of utilities;
- Ability to work with teams within DISCOs and other stakeholders to ensure the delivery of a high quality product in a timely manner;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, excellent computer skills, especially Microsoft Office productivity tools (Power Point, Word and Excel)
Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to
no later than March 29, 2018.
Please indicate the name of the position in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.