Mozambique names consultant for grid from 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa to Malawi

Utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM) has named Norconsult AS of Norway the top bidder of four contenders to perform a feasibility study of building a transmission line to carry 300 MW from Mozambique’s 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa hydroelectric project to consumers in Malawi.

The utility scheduled contract signing May 15 with Norconsult, which bid US$1.57 million for the work. Other bidders were Decon of Germany, Fichtner of Germany, and Vattenfall &Power Consultants of Sweden. (HNN 5/2/08)

The consultant is to prepare a bankable feasibility study for a high-voltage interconnection from Phombeya in Malawi to Nampula in Mozambique. The study is expected to take no more than ten months. Work is to include preliminary design and determination of preliminary line routing using a geo-referenced aerial laser survey.

The government of Mozambique requested funds from the World Bank’s International Development Association to finance the Mozambique-Malawi Interconnector. The World Bank approved a US$93 million credit for the project in 2007.

In 2006, hydro operator Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa won an international power supply solicitation by Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi. Cahora Bassa, on the Zambezi River, is to supply 100 to 200 MW by 2009, with the amount later increasing to 300 MW.

EDM invited pre-qualification to build part of the transmission line and a substation in 2007. Similarly, Electricity Supply Corp. of Malawi invited pre-qualification for its section of transmission line and a substation later that year.

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