Wood to support USAID’s Power Africa initiative

20 March 2018 (Last Updated March 21st, 2018 09:46)

Scotland-based energy services company Wood has secured a framework contract to provide technical consulting services to support the Power Africa initiative by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Scotland-based energy services company Wood has secured a framework contract to provide technical consulting services to support the Power Africa initiative by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Power Africa programme is designed to expand electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa, where two out of three people lack access to power.

The five-year framework deal, which has an aggregate maximum value of $900m for the multiple awardees, is expected to be completed by 2025.

The programme is a partnership between the US and African governments, the private sector, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, and bilateral and multilateral partners.

Through Power Africa, installed energy capacity is expected to be increased by 30,000MW, and create 60 million new connections to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030.

During a ten-year partnership, the company’s environment and infrastructure solutions (E&IS) business has completed work for USAID in the Middle East, South East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Installed energy capacity is expected to be increased by 30,000MW, and create 60 million new connections to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030.”

Wood E&IS business CEO Ann Massey said: “This contract recognises Wood as a top-tier provider of global technical and consulting services and advances our strategy to increase our power delivery portfolio with large-scale synergy wins.

“We look forward to working with USAID to help countries develop new resources sustainably to provide greater access to power.”

The contract was awarded by USAID to Amec Foster Wheeler, which joined with Wood Group in October last year to form Wood.

Wood operates in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenue of more than $11bn.

The company offers performance-driven solutions throughout the asset lifecycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas, clean energy, and nuclear.