Central African Republic to seek bids for emergency work including hydro

Central African Republic (CAR) plans to seek bids for emergency work to restore power infrastructure including rehabilitation of hydroelectric production capacity.

The World Bank previously granted US$8 million to the CAR for emergency rehabilitation work including restoration of the Boali 1 and 2 hydroelectric projects totaling 15 MW. (HNN 2/23/09) The bank said US$4 million of the bank’s International Development Association (IDA) funding would be allotted to the hydro projects on the Mbali River, to increase their total capacity to 18 MW.

CAR’s Agence de’Execution des Travaux d’Interet Public en Centrafrique (AGETIP-CAF) said it plans to seek bids for rehabilitation of hydroelectric capacity, distribution of more efficient compact fluorescent lighting, introduction of pre-payment electricity meters, and reduction of power losses by replacing old distribution lines.

It also plans to seek consultants for a technical audit of the emergency program to partially restore reliable power supply to CAR utility Energie Centrafricaine (Enerca), whose system failures resulted in lost water supply and powerless hospitals.

For information, contact Le Directeur General de AGETIP-CAF, Attn: Marcel Nganassem, BP 895, Bangui, Central African Republic; (236) 21-618295; Fax: (236) 21-615177; E-mail: agetipcaf@africatip.net.

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