Ghana’s Ministry of Energy Calls for Proposals

Consulting Service for the Implementation of the Cash Waterfall Mechanism (Recruitment of Trustee/Administrator)

Accra, January 15, 2018//-Ghana’s Ministry of Energy intends to apply part of its internally  Generated Funds  (IGF) to fund eligible payments under the contract  for recruitment  of consultants Consulting Services for the implement  of the Cash  Water fall Mechanism (Recruitment of Trustee/ Administrator).

Background                            

The electricity supply chain Ghana involves the generation of electricity by the Volta River Authority (VRA) and Independent Power Producers (IPPs); transmission by the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and distribution by the state owned Electricity Company Ghana Limited (ECG) and the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo).

Whilst the state-owned ECG and NEDCo sell electricity to end-users, as per the tariff approved by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), VRA also serves a certain market of bulk customers, including the large mining companies and industries.

Ghana‘s Electricity Value Chain has over the years faced a number of challenges such as inadequate cash flow resulting from uncollected Revenue. This has led to producers. In order to address this challenge, Cabinet approved the implementation of a cash Waterfall Mechanism (CWM) in July 2017. CWM, One of several transparent financial instruments, is a key tool to ensure equitable and predictable distribution of revenue to all Stakeholders in the Electricity Value Chain.

Objectives

The CWM will ensure that all stakeholders in the power supply chain benefit proportionately from the total revenue collected by ECG and VRA in a transparent manner.

The specific objectives of the CWM are to:

  • Ensure  the allocation and payment of collected revenue to all utility service providers and fuel suppliers in accordance with  the approved tariffs allocation system ;
  • Ensure  each fuel supplier receives  its proportion of allocated revenues based on prior  agreed terms; and
  • Monitor all regulated and deregulated revenue collection and ensure compliance with the distribution mechanism and operational guidelines.

The operation of the mechanism would involve the tracking and sweeping of ECG revenue from the regulated market into an Escrow account on a weekly basis. The net revenues would then be allocated to the power producers, fuel suppliers, Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), ECG, and VRA in accordance with Public Utilities all players would have some liquidity at any point in time.

The actual disbursement of the allocated revenue to the parties involved in the CWM will then be done by a paying Bank that will liaise with the Escrow Bank based on the written instruction received from the Trustee/Administrator of the Fund. The Paying Bank is expected to put in place a revolving credit facility to fill expected shortfall (if any) in the cash to be received by the beneficiaries.

Scope of Work

The Trustee shall perform the following functions:

  • Monitor  and review receipts and reports from Escrow Bank;
  • Instruct  Escrow Bank to transfer funds to the Paying  Bank;
  • Run the lodged  revenue through the Cash  Waterfall Model using  the percentage revenue allocation;
  • Isolate the VAT and levies  components  of billed revenues  from SOEs;
  • Create a disbursement schedule (less VAT and levies ) and forward to the paying Bank  for payment to beneficiaries;
  • Update  and maintain  the Cash WaterFall Model on weekly basis;
  • Keep a running record of accounts and invoices  from State Owned Agencies (SOEs)on a monthly basis;
  • Conduct  financial and energy reconciliation of SOEs;
  • Reconcile reports on a monthly basis and forward to SOEs for reconciliation  reports on the first  Friday of every month;
  • Analyze proposed receivable and debt  repayment;
  • Assess  the strength  of the cash  waterfall arrangement  as outlined under the transaction structure  and propose  improvement to the mechanism, if any; and
  • Liaise with sponsors (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Energy) and paying Bank to address shortfall payments.

Duration

The Trustee will be appointed for an initial contract period of two (2) years, which will be renewable subject to satisfactory performance.

Deliverable and Reports

In the performance of this assignment the Trustee will be guided by the Revenue Allocation Policy and Operational Guidelines which will be made available at contract signing. All reports and deliverable will be specified in the operational Guidelines.

Key Stakeholders

In addition to the sponsors other key stakeholders identified to aid in the performance of the assignment include the following:

  • Volta River  Authority;
  • Electricity  Company of Ghana Ltd;
  • Ghana Grid Company
  • Bui Power Authority
  • Northern Electricity Distribution Company;
  • PURC;
  • IPPs; and
  • Fuel  suppliers

The above stakeholders may be in a position to provide useful information for the smooth implementation of the scheme. Any other stakeholder that the Trustee/Administrator identifies in the course of the implementation of the CWM could be contacted for assistance, with prior notice to the sponsors.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to perform the assignment, the Trustee should have the following:

  • Valid  Company Registration Certificate
  • Past  three years audited accounts
  • Valid Tax Clearance Certificate
  • Valid Social Security Clearance Certificate
  • Minimum net worth  of GHc 250 million

The Ministry of Energy now invites eligible Firms (Trustee/ Administrator) to indicate their interest in providing the service.

Interested Firms should provide information demonstrating that they have required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services.

Consultants will be selected in accordance with procedures set out in the Procurement Act 2003, Act 663 as amended 2016, Act 914.

Interested Consultants may obtain further information at the address below from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Expressions of interest may be delivered to the address below by 2.00pm (local time) on or before the February 2, 2018.

The Acting Chief Director

Ministry of Energy, Accra

Attn:

Head, Procurement and Supply Chain Unit

Ground Floor Room 004

 

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