Benin seeks environment, resettlement studies for 147-MW Adjarala

COTONOU, Benin 11/17/11 (PennWell) — Benin utility Communaute d’Electricite du Benin (CEB) invites expressions of interest from consultants to update an environmental impact study and to develop a resettlement plan for the proposed 147-MW Adjarala hydroelectric project. Responses are due December 6.

CEB, which serves Benin and neighboring Togo, recruited consultants in 2010 to perform an economic analysis of Adjarala, which is proposed for the Mono River between Benin and Togo. The utility commissioned Chinese hydropower construction company SinoHydro in 2009 to build the project.

With a credit from the World Bank’s International Development Association, CEB now seeks consultants to update an environmental impact study to include hydrology, taking into account effects of climate variability and change, and protection of reservoirs. The consultant is to propose mitigation measures in accordance with national and World Bank requirements.

CEB also seeks development of a plan for resettlement and compensation of people affected by the project. Work is to include identifying boundaries of the displacement area and affected population and proposing compensatory measures.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due to the address below by 5 p.m. December 6. For information, contact Monsieur le Directeur General de la CEB, Rue de la KOZAH, BP 1368, Lome, Togo; (228) 221-6132; Fax: (228) 221-3764; E-mail: ded@cebnet.org, shouessou@cebnet.org, tali@cebnet.org.

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