Sierra Leone seeks aid for people affected by 50-MW Bumbuna

Sierra Leone seeks expressions of interest from consultants to develop an agriculture program for communities that will be affected by the 50-MW Bumbuna hydroelectric project, which is being completed on the Seli River. Responses are due September 26.

With US$50.5 million in World Bank funding, Sierra Leone plans to finish the project, which is 85 percent complete, 250 kilometers from Freetown. (HNN 8/11/06) The 50-MW project is the first stage of a five-stage program that eventually is to total 275 MW.

The Ministry of Energy and Power said it is making plans to start filling the reservoir in June 2007 at Bumbuna, whose construction is being resumed after interruption by civil war. It said 33 communities were found to be affected by reservoir inundation, with another four affected by camp, dam, access road, and quarry work.

The ministry seeks consulting services of a specialist from Sierra Leone to implement a Stabilized Agriculture Program. Work includes management of terrain, soil, crops, water, livestock, forest, minor infrastructure, labor, and commodities. Bumbuna’s Reservoir and Dam Area Report can be examined at the Internet site www.bumbuna.com.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due, by e-mail, by 5 p.m. September 26 to the address below.

For information, contact Ministry of Energy and Power, Bumbuna Project Implementation Unit, Electricity House, 5th Floor, 36, Siaka Stevens St., Freetown, Sierra Leone; (232) 22-290140; E-mail: bumbunapiu@yahoo.com; Internet: www.bumbuna.com.

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