Nile Basin seeks power development consultants, including hydro

The Nile Basin Initiative Regional Power Trade Project invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare a basin-wide study of power development options and trade opportunities including hydroelectric projects. Responses are due May 10.

The study is to examine power development options, including backbone transmission and interconnection corridors, in Nile Basin countries — Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda — and in Djibouti. NBI energy ministers endorsed the action in 2008. (HydroWorld 9/26/08)

The region’s combined hydropower potential is estimated at 150,000 MW, with less than 5 percent of that developed.

The study is to analyze the status of power supply, interconnectivity, demand, and trade opportunities in the region in the context of multi-purpose water resource development. It is to include proposals on investment and funding arrangements and a detailed implementation plan covering a 35-year time horizon.

An important element will be to identify and assess options for development of major regional generation, including hydropower, and transmission projects.

Expressions of interest are due May 10 to the address below. For information, contact Regional Power Trade Project, Old Tanesco Building, 5th Floor Annex, Samora Ave., P.O. Box 71101, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; (255) 212-1131; Fax: (255) 212-1132; E-mail: rptinfo@nilebasin.org.

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