Uganda seeks bids for 250-MW Bujagali’s grid system

Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd. (UETCL) seeks bids for construction of transmission lines and substations to link the proposed 250-MW Bujagali Falls hydroelectric project to Uganda’s national grid. Bids are due August 31.

In May, officials of the Uganda government and the World Bank signed US$425 million in credit agreements that included work to implement power sector improvements paving the way for Bujagali. (HNN 5/31/07) The current solicitation also is to be financed by the African Development Bank.

UETCL has appointed Bujagali Energy Ltd. (BEL), the hydro project’s development consortium, to handle development and management of the Bujagali Interconnection Project. BEL, in turn, named PB Power of the United Kingdom to act as owner engineer and to assist with issuing and receiving tender documents.

UETCL seeks design, procurement, construction, testing, and commissioning of 103 kilometers of 220-kilovolt and 132-kilovolt transmission lines, a new substation, and upgrade three existing substations to deliver power from Bujagali Falls. (HNN 1/4/07) The project includes energy management and supervisory control and data acquisition systems, and telecommunication facilities.

Government-owned UETCL 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 BEL, a consortium led by Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Ltd., a member of the Aga Khan Development network, and Sithe Global of the United States.

Bidding documents may be obtained beginning June 16 from the address below by request labeled �Request for Bidding Documents for the Bujagali Interconnection Project, ICB number: UETCL/Wrks/2007/00001.� A document fee of $200 is required to be paid at the UETCL cash office, 3rd Floor, Room B301, Amber House Kampala. Foreign bidders may pay by banker’s check to UETCL.

Bids are due by 2 p.m. August 31. For information, contact:
o Bujagali Interconnection Project, Attn: Senior Procurement Officer, Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd., 2nd Floor, Room E 202/3, Amber House, P.O. Box 7625, Kampala, Uganda; (256) 41-233430; Fax: (256) 41-341789; E-mail: transco@uetcl.com; Internet: www.uetcl.com;
o Bujagali Interconnection Project, PB Power, Attn.: Allan Burns, Amber Court, William Armstrong Drive, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7YQ United Kingdom; (44) 191-2261899; Fax: (44) 191-2262632; E-mail: burnsa@pbworld.com.

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