Mozambique seeks system to link province to 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa

The government of Mozambique, now the majority owner of the 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa hydroelectric project, seeks expressions of interest to supply its power to the scattered peoples of Tete Province. Responses are due February 8.

Work is to include design, manufacture, installation, and commissioning of a 10-megavolt-ampere substation, 121 kilometers of 66-kilovolt line, 450 kilometers of 33-kV line, 25 kilometers of low-voltage line, and 1,500 new service connections. The work, in three lots, is to be carried out in 24 months.

Last year, Portugal, which held 82 percent of hydro project operator Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa, transferred all but 15 percent of the project to Mozambique, giving the African government 85 percent ownership of the company. (HNN 10/30/06) In addition to boosting domestic supply, Mozambique recently agreed to export Cahora Bassa power to Malawi over proposed transmission lines. (HNN 1/19/07)

Tete project contractors are to be pre-qualified by lot. Documents may be obtained from the address below for US$50 in cash or bank transfer. Electronic files will be delivered by e-mail if requested.

Applications for pre-qualification, labeled �Pre-qualification for Electrification of TETE districts,� are due by noon February 8. For information, contact Electricidade de Mocambique, EP, Direccao de Electrificacao e Projectos, Filipe Samuel Magaia Av., Attn: Executive Board Member Angela Dava, P.O. Box 2447, Maputo, Mozambique; (258) 21-353662; Fax: (258) 21-322074; E-mail: jouchim@edm.co.mz.

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