Hiring Ofsmart/prepaid Metering Specialist ( Indv, International Consultant) For Assessment Of The Feasibility Of Incorporation Of An Advanced Metering Infrastructure (ami)


Project ID P162022
Project Title Herat Electrification Project
Country Afghanistan
Notice No OP00064070
Notice Type Request for Expression of Interest
Notice Status Published
Borrower Bid Reference AF-DABS-85724-CS-INDV
Procurement Method Individual
Language of Notice English
Submission Deadline Date/Time January 26, 2019  14:00
Published Date January 8, 2019


Organization/Department Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat
Name Saifurahman Omarzai
Address Chaman E huzori Kabul, Afghanistan
City N/A
Province/State Afghanistan
Postal Code N/A
Country Afghanistan
Phone 0093780600600
Email saifurahman.o@dabs.af
Website www.dabs.gov.af



Client:                          Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat(DABS)

Country:              & & (DABS)

Project:                       Herat Electrification Proj ect (HEP)

Project ID No.:            P162022

Position:                    Consultancy services for preparration of the feasibility of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (A           &I) system and preparation of functional specifications of AMIsysn                          

PP Reffer sysnce No.:          AF-DABS-85724-CS-INDV

Date ofIssuance:&n ;           10 Jan,2019         &nbs p;        

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA), through its 2006 Afghanistan National DevelopmentStrategy (ANDS), set out ambitious three to five-year goals for increasing access to electricity. The aim was for electricitysupply to reach at least 65 percent of households and 90 percent of non-residential esta blishments in major urban areas and atleast 25 percent of households in rural areas. More recent estimates suggest that some 25-30 percent of households have access togrid electricity. There appears to be no reliable estimate for the number of people with accessto off-grid electricity althoughthere is some 134MW of a combination of small hydro, diesel generators and solar power generation.

Responsibility formanagement and operation of the electricity system rests with Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), thenational electricityutility. Until 2009, DABS was a department of the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). DABS’s corporatiza tion has beenaccompanied by a strong program of commercialization supported by the World Bank and more recently by USAID. DABS is r esponsiblefor the domestic generation capacity, including about 230MW of installed hydropower, although only about 138MW is current lyavailable. MEW still retains a role in investment planning and project management and is the main counterpart for three existingWorld Bank supported projects, one of which is the Herat Electrification Project.

Herat Electrification Project(HEP)

 The Herat Electrification Project Development Objective is to provide access to electricity to househollds, (HEPinstitutions and businesses in selected areas of Herat Province, Afghanistan.

The Herat Electrification Projectwill impelectrification coverage in Herat province, targeting about 230,800 people who are currently without access to theelectricity gridor have poor electricity access. The first stage will focus on Chesht, Hobai, Karrokh and Pashtun-Zarghoondistricts. The second st age of the Project will extend grid electricity supply to other parts of Herat Province as well asdevelopment of off-grid solar min i-grid pilot plants.


The consultancy services incl ude provision of technical assistance to DABS in: (i) review and analysis ofexisting experience in the application of advanced mete ring systems by DABS; (ii) preparation of the functional requirements to bemet by each of the components of the Advanced Metering I nfrastructure (AMI system)  (Meters, communication devices“MCD” and Meters Data Management MDM) to achieve the obj ectives of revenue assurance, optimization of losses andassessment of load and demand curves; (iii) identification and analysis of technological options available in the market meetingthe functional requirements identified in the previous task and compatible wit h the communications infrastructure existing inAfghanistan, and estimation of related investment and operating costs; (iv) assessme nt of the economic and financial feasibilityof the phased implementation of an AMI system in Herat Province involving all customerswith consumption of 100 kWh/month andabove, with an initial stage comprising at least all HV and MV customers and  LV users w ith monthly consumption of  200kWh and above.


Task I. Review andanalysis of existing experience in the application of advanced metering systems by DABS    

Theconsultant will travel to Afghanistan to gather information on existing experience in the application o f advanced metering systemsrelated to DABS, and analyze the technical characteristics, functionalities and performance of the main components in each specificcase: consumption meters and related equipment; communication infrastructure; information system for dat a management. The analysisto be carried out by the consultant will include an evaluation of the results and outcomes of those proje cts, and emerginglessons.

Task II: Preparation of functional specification of the AMI system

Duri ng the firstmission the consultant will discuss with DABS counterpart team the set of functionalities to be met by an AMI system tobeimplemented by the company for revenue assurance of sales to large consumers (monthly consumption of  100 kWh and above), a ndeventually monitoring load profile of key network components. Based on the outcomes of those discussions, the consultant will prepare detailed functional specifications of the main components of the AMI system. Minimum technical and functional requirementswill be set for:

(i) Consumption meters and auxiliaries (boxes, etc.)

Detailed definition of requirreme willts to be fulfilled on:

- Technical standards for manufacturing, installation and operation.

- For eachtype of a cation (large consumer supplied in high or medium voltage, consumer supplied in low voltage, network component):parameters to be re corded and monitored, periodicity of data collection, storage and transmission, etc.

- Otherfunctionalities: alarms in caseof abnormal condition (meter tampering or manipulation, reverse current, neutral connectionmissing, etc.), possibility of remote d isconnection/reconnection or setting load limits (load monitoring), etc.

- Type ofmeter cabinet and connection

- Ot hers

(ii) Data communication system (modems and other devices) 

Detailed definition of requir ements to be fulfilled on:

- Technical standards to be met by communicationequipment.

- Data to be transferred at v arious levels (sub-regional, regional, national), and periodicity of data transferin each case.

- System architecture.

- Protection of data transmission against potential intrusion hazards(advanced encryption algorithms, "digital signature&q uot; and others).

- Use of standardized international protocolsand messaging language specific to the electricity metering systems.

- Redundancy.

- Others

(iii)Meter Data Management (MDM) 

Detailed d efinition of requirements to be fulfilled on:

- Datastorage, archiving, and retrieval.

- Validation, editing and es timation.

- Reporting.

- Consolidation ofdata acquisition status after each working session

- Integration w ith other information systems.

- Functionalitiesto enhance governance, risk management, and compliance.

- Functiona lities for revenue assurance, meter management, demandresponse, planning and asset management, forecasting and settlement, load pro filing, outage management.


Task III: Identification and analysis of technological options compatib le with the communicationsinfrastructure existing in Afghanistan, and estimation of related investment and operating costs

For each of thecomponents of the AMI system, the consultant will identify technological options available in the market m eeting the functionalspecifications prepared in the development of Task II, and provide specific examples of successful applicationin projects ofsimilar scope (revenue assurance, assessment of load profiles for demand optimization, etc.) developed in companies in emergingcountries comparable to DABS. Issues of particular relevance to be evaluated by the consultant include:(i) full compatib ility ofthe identified communication systems with the existing communication infrastructure in Afghanistan; (ii) expected economic life andrisk of economic obsolescence of communication technologies and options to mitigate it (possibility of integration with newones,etc.); (iii) effective application of the MDM software for systematic consumption monitoring and assessment of load curves; ( iv)convenience of incorporating equipment in customers’ premises (in-home displays, etc.).

The consultant will provid erepresentative estimations of expected benefits (lower losses, additional revenues, better customer service, etc.), investment andoperating costs for the components of each identified option fully meeting functional specifications prepared in execution of TaskII, successfully applied in comparable cases and compatible with existing communication infrastructure in Afghanistan.

Theconsultant will analyze each of the options, evaluating in particular the viability of use of the existing electronic meters as compp cnents of the AMI system. The outcome of that analysis will be the identification and description of a proposed “basesolution rdquo; for the implementation of the AMI system for Herat province comprising all customers with consumption of 100kWh/month and ab ove, including estimated investment and operating costs.   

Task IV: Assessment ofthe economic and f inancial feasibility of the phased implementation of an AMI system in electricity network in Herat provinceinvolving all customers with monthly consumption of  100 kWh and above

The consultant will assess theeconomic and financial feasibili ty of the phased implementation in DABS Herat province of the “base solution” for AMIresulting from development of TaskIII, with an initial stage comprising at least all HV and MV customers and LV ones with monthlyconsumption of  200 kWh and ab ove. A “base case” for the evaluation will be agreed between the Consultant and thecounterpart team, and characterized through its main parameters: investment and operating costs, increased revenues and reducedexpenditures resulting from project impl ementation, etc. 

The evaluation to be carried out by the consultant willinclude sensitivity analysis to changes in va lues of the main parameters characterizing the “base case”: investmentand operating costs, increased revenues and reduc ed expenditures resulting from project implementation, time schedule foreffective incorporation (one or more phases and scope of ea ch of them), etc.

The outcome of the assessment will be aproposed action plan for implementation  of the AMI project, including a detailed definition of the scope, procedures forprocurement of goods and services (one or several bids, scope of each o f them, etc.), time schedule (period for execution) andcosts of each phase.

The consultant will also provide specific recom mendations on the procurement process to incorporatethe AMI system (one or more bids, scope of each), including the technical quali fications to be met by the contractor (specificexperience in the supply and implementation of the proposed AMI system in similar ca ses,etc.)


The Consultant will agree with DABS on a detailed timeline for the assignment and a schedule of deliverables. All deliverables (reports, presentations, etc.) will be submitted inEnglish.

The consultant shall carry out missions to Afghanistan, conduct a workshop and prepare and submit to DABS reports aas pe Engli the following schedule:

- One-week “kick-off” mission to Afghanistan to gather the relevantinformation fo ks I and II. That mission will take place not later than two (2) weeks after date of contracteffectiveness.

 - Report on Task I: four (4) weeks after the end of the “kick-off” mission.

-Report on Task II: ten (10) weeks after dat e of contract effectiveness.

- Report on Task III: sixteen (16) weeks afterdate of contract effectiveness. It is assumed th at DABS will provide comments on draft report on Task II two (2) weeks afterreceiving it. Those comments will be incorporated by th e consultant in the development of Task III.

- Second one-weekmission to Afghanistan to conduct a workshop on the contents of draft report on Task III (analysis of technological options forincorporation of AMI in DABS and proposed “base solution&rd quo;). That mission will take place not later than three (3)weeks after submission of the draft report. Two (2) weeks after the endof that mission, the consultant will submit the finalversion of report on Task III, incorporating comments received in the worksho p and other meetings developed during themission.    

- Report on Task IV: Two (2) weeks after submissi on of final report on Task III.  


50 ma n-day, including two one-weekmissions to Afghanistan  

Administrative Framework

The Cont ract will be between theConsultant and DABS. The Consultant will be directly accountable to Chief Commercial Officer  (CCO) atDABS . The Consultantwill initially sign a 4 months contract with an estimated level of effort of about 50 working days including two one-week missionto Afghanistan, with possibility of extension as per need of the project. The Consultant’s in-country wor k will beundertaken in World Bank Projects PIU Office in Kabul.

Logistical Arrangements and Contracting

The contract will be a time-based payment contract with an initial engagement of 04 months The Consultant shall be reimbursedfor actual cost of the visa and Work Permit and Per Diem for hotel accommodation, food, laundry and incidental expenses whilestaying in Afghanistan along with one economy class air return ticket each mission. The Consultant must obtain necessary insurances at th stayin Consultant’s own cost. 

The Criterion for selection is:

The consultantshall meet ollowing minimum requirements:

- Having Bachelor Degree in electronic or automation Systems, Engineer Specialistin smart me tering technologies. Master degree in the mentioned principals would be an added advantage.

- At least five (5)years of dir ect experience in the design and implementation of smart metering projects in public services utilities (electricity,water and sani tation, piped gas), preferably focused on revenue protection.

- Experienced in preparation of technical andfunctional speci fications usable in calls for bids for supply, installation and commissioning of smart meters and MDM.

-Available to travelto Afghanistan for at least two missions.

- Fluent in spoken and written English.

Theattention of interested Consu ltants is drawn to paragraph PROCUREMENT IN INVESTMENT PROJECT FINANCING Goods, Works, Non-Consultingand Consulting Service July 20 16.In addition, please refer to the following information on conflict of interest related to thisassignment as per paragraph 1.9 av ailable at www.worldbank.org/.

Applicants are requested to submit their interest letteralong with up to date CV (CurriculumVitae) no later than 26 January, 2019. The subject line of the letter shouldclearly indicate “Expression ofInterest for the position “For consultancy services for preparation of thefeasibility of an Advanced Metering Infras tructure (AMI) system and preparation of functional specifications of AMI systemapplicable in electricity network of Herat province , Afghanistan  and send to thefollowing address:

Best Regards!

Saifurahman Omarzai


Email: saifurahman .o@dabs.af , cc nasratullah.ah@dabs.af, saifullah.lodin@dabs.af ,and qudrat.k@dabs.af

Contact: +93780600600

Note: DABS will not be held responsible for late receipt or n on-receipt of any documents sentthrough Courier or by any other means.