Mozambique seeks help to draft hydro, thermal plant concessions

Mozambique’s Ministry of Energy seeks expressions of interest from consultants to review anticipated benefits from new hydropower and thermal plants and to support negotiation of concession agreements. Responses are due November 7.

With funding from the World Bank, Mozambique plans to reform its energy system and increase access to electricity. (HNN 10/25/07) Part of the program is to develop the 1,500-MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydro project (potentially expanding to 2,400 MW), 800- to 1,200-MW Cahora Bassa North hydro project, 1,000-MW Temane gas-fired plant, and 1,500-MW Moatize coal-fired plant.

The government said it seeks to ensure that Mozambique receives maximum benefits from the projects, especially when they are used to supply electricity consumers outside Mozambique.

The Ministry of Energy seeks consultants to review the current framework for concession fees, royalties, and revenue sharing. The consultant also would provide expert assistance to the government in reviewing all financial aspects of the concession agreements being negotiated with developers. Work is expected to require 30 days beginning in November.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English, are due by 2 p.m. November 7. They must be labeled on the envelope or the e-mail subject line �Expressions of Interest on Financial Benefits of Generation Projects.�

For information, contact Ministry of Energy/ERAP, Attn.: Nazario Meguigy, Ave. 25 de Setembro, Nr 1218, 1 Andar, Maputo, Mozambique; Tel/Fax: (258) 21-302280; E-mail: jco@me.gov.mz, edz@me.gov.mz, inm@me.gov.mz.

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