Uganda courts bidders for 250-MW Bujagali’s grid link

Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd. (UETC) invites expressions of interest from contractors to build 120 kilometers of transmission lines to link the proposed 250-MW Bujagali Falls hydroelectric project to the national grid.

The government of Uganda has applied for funding from the African Development Fund and the World Bank’s International Development Association. The funds would be used to hire an engineering-procurement-construction contractor to install 120 kilometers of 220-kilovolt and 132-kilovolt transmission lines, build a new substation, and upgrade three existing substations to deliver power from Bujagali Falls. (HNN 9/15/06)

Government-owned UETC has signed a long-term agreement to buy electricity from Bujagali. The US$400 million hydro project is being developed on the Victoria Nile River by Bujagali Energy Ltd., a consortium led by Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Ltd., a member of the Aga Khan Development network, and Sithe Global of the United States. (HNN 12/19/06)

UETC plans to issue procurement notices for contract packages to be tendered under international lender guidelines. Bidding documents are expected to be available in January.

Prospective bidders are invited to confirm their interest and to obtain additional information from Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd., Plot No. 29/33 Kampala Road, P.O. Box 7625, Kampala, Uganda; (256) 41-233433; Fax: (256) 41-341789; E-mail: transco@uetcl.com; Internet: www.uetcl.com.

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