Mali seeks feasibility study of 13.5-MW Markala

The Mali Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water seeks qualifications and proposals by June 9 from U.S. consultants to perform a feasibility study of the 13.5-MW Markala hydroelectric project.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) awarded a grant in 2005, providing US$299,305 to study the project, proposed for an existing dam on the Niger River, 50 kilometers north of Segou.

The feasibility study is to refine assessments from earlier studies. The consultant would finalize design of the project and prepare documents required to take the project to final closure and to contract an engineering-procurement-construction contractor.

Only U.S. firms will be considered, although subcontractors from Mali may perform up to 20 percent of the work. Price will not be a factor, so cost proposals should not be submitted.

A detailed request for proposals may be obtained from TDA, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 USA. Requests should be sent to TDA, Fax: (1) 703-875-4009, providing the applicant firm’s contact information. If overnight delivery is requested, include the delivery service and the applicant’s account number.

Proposals, in English and French, are due by 4 p.m. June 9 to the address below. For information, contact National Director Solomani Diakite, Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water, Direction Nationale de l’Energie, Batiment CRES Badalabougou, BP 1872, Bamako, Mali; (223) 222-4538; Fax: (223) 223-7396; E-mail: dnenergy@afribone.net.ml.

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