Study sought of grid from 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa to Malawi

Utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM) seeks consultants 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. Expressions of interest are due May 21.

The government of Mozambique has 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. (HNN 7/19/07)

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. (HNN 5/21/07) Similarly, Electricity Supply Corp. of Malawi invited pre-qualification for its section of transmission line and a substation later that year. (HNN 9/13/07)

In the current solicitation, EDM seeks a consultant 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 less than ten months.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in three copies, are due by noon May 21 to the address below. Responses are to be labeled �Consultancy Services for the Feasibility Study for Phombeya (Malawi) � Nampula (Mozambique) Transmission Interconnection Line.�

For information, contact: Electricidade de Mocambique E.P., Direccao de Electrificacao e Projectos, 368 Av. Filipe Samuel Magaia, Maputo, Mozambique; (258) 21-353632; Fax: (258) 21-322074; E-mail: jcatine@edm.co.mz.

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