Cairo to El-Kureimat Fiber-Optic Link
K&M served as Owner’s Engineer to the Egyptian Electricity Authority for the engineering design, procurement and construction supervision of Egypt’s first subscriber fiber-optic carrier loop system. This project provided a short-term reliable telecommunications link between Cairo and the 1,200 MW El-Kureimat Power Station under construction 100 kilometers south of Cairo.
K&M assessed the legal, regulatory, financial and investment framework for ARENTO as a first step in moving the utility towards commercialization and a competitive market entity. K&M undertook a policy reform and institutional framework analysis of the telecommunications sector in Egypt to determine constraints to ARENTO’s development as a progressive, financially viable telecommunications utility employing appropriate management and organizational structures. K&M performed a cost of service/tariff rate study to rationalize the institutional reform process. K&M’s evaluation and review also included: assessment of the legal, regulatory, and investment framework to determine steps necessary for the eventual commercialization and/or privatization of ARENTO; ARENTO’s operations technical assessment; ARENTO’s organizational assessment; and determine ARENTO’s optimal human resource requirements.
K&M was hired to provide ARENTO with a basis for designing and implementing an effective strategy for future telecommunications pricing. K&M worked closely with ARENTO executives and Egyptian government officials to ensure the feasibility and practicality of alternative tariff structures and other service enhancements evaluated in the study. This assessment was an integral component of ARENTO’s efforts to increase operational efficiency, decrease costs and improve customer service quality. The ability to accurately determine costs and establish an acceptable and equitable tariff rate assisted ARENTO to facilitate future planned investments, reduce debt, and improve its viability as a corporate entity.
K&M managed the Infrastructure Finance Advisory Service Program as part of the US-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP) for the USAID. The US-AEP was a cooperative effort managed by USAID in conjunction with the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (EXIM), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the Trade Development Agency (TDA).
K&M, supported by Pulsatron Technology Ltd. (the British technology licensor) and the Washington, D.C.-based Sheet Metal Worker’s International Association (holder of U.S. installation and maintenance rights), was engaged by US DOE to conduct a study to estimate the cost and schedule for design, installation and potential testing of a Pulsatech™ pollution control device on a plasma furnace at DOE’s Western Environmental Technology Office (WETO). K&M’s assessment reviewed available information on Pulsatron science and technology as well as potential commercial application and market considerations.
K&M served as Owner’s Engineer on behalf of the Egyptian Electricity Authority (EEA), with funding from USAID to extend its microwave communication system from Cairo to Suez. The 100 km system links the electrical power generating stations in Cairo, Suez, and Ismailia with the EEA’s National Energy Control Center (NECC). K&M’s scope of work included engineering, procurement and construction management of 10 hop digital microwave, fiber optic cable and digital microwave radio communication system for the EEA. The equipment included radios, eight MUX equipment cabinets at drop and insert sites using SDH equipment and two digital access system cabinets installed at the terminal sites, equipment antennas and advanced communications towers.
K&M conducted a training workshop on utility’s privatization with key government and utility officials. The training aimed to strengthen the institutional, organizational and technical capacity of the Nigerian Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE)—the central authority tasked to implement the country’s ongoing privatization program. K&M’s utility privatization training team prepared an agenda focused on Nigeria’s electric power and telecommunications sectors. Four workshop days were aimed at familiarizing the BPE senior core team, staff members, other government officials, and power and telecom utility officials with the principles of utility privatization. In addition, discussions focused on current privatization programs in other developing economies.
K&M was engaged by the World Bank to conduct a training seminar for the benefit of public officials from the Government of Ghana. The training seminar presented an overview of how to identify, value, and manage fiscal commitments from PPPs, and it included a case study of the Kenya-Uganda Railway Concession.
K&M was engaged by the Government of Thailand to prepare a manual for conducting project appraisals and market sounding of infrastructure projects with private sector participation. The manual describes key principles and techniques for project appraisal, summarizes relevant international best practices, and provides examples and short case studies to illustrate key concepts of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). The manual is designed as a guide to PPP procurement practices for Government staff, and it covers a full range of PPP concepts, including project structuring, risk allocation, Value for Money (VfM) analysis, financial viability analysis, and the identification and valuation of fiscal commitments.
The World Bank engaged K&M to lead a two-day, interactive training seminar at the World Bank’s office in Washington, DC, for members of the Privatization Commission of Pakistan and interested stakeholders from the private sector and the World Bank Group. The Privatization Commission is responsible for implementing Pakistan’s new, cross-sectoral, nation-wide privatization program to sell Government-owned infrastructure assets and companies to the private sector. The program’s scope includes power generation and distribution, telecommunications, banking, and a number of other sectors such as heavy industries and manufacturing.