Applications being accepted to develop 206-MW Ruzizi III hydropower project

Ruzizi III

Work is moving forward on development of the 206-MW Ruzizi III hydropower project on the Ruzizi River, with sealed applications now being invited from eligible applicants to design, construct, commission, test, operate and maintain the plant.

The borrower — the contracting states (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda) and Ruzizi III Energy Limited (REL) — has secured from the African Development Bank approval for part of the funding for the 206 MW project. REL is a special purpose company owned by Industrial Promotion Services and SN Power (owned by Scatec ASA) and the contracting states.

In addition, the borrower is negotiating the remaining financing from other multilateral development banks, including the World Bank (WB), European Investment Bank (EIB), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), French Development Agency (AFD), and European Union (EU). This funding will be used toward the cost of developing the project, and the borrower intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, works and services to be procured under this project.

The borrower invites sealed applications from eligible applicants for the project. The project will include the design, construction, commissioning, testing, operation and maintenance of:

A hydroelectric power production facility with an installed capacity of 206 MW (203 MW in the main powerhouse and 3 MW for a small hydro eco-flow unit), comprising of a 45-m-high embankment dam with associated spillway, low-level outlet, and eco-flow small-hydro; a 3.8-km-long, 6.7-m-diameter concrete-lined headrace tunnel from the reservoir to the powerhouse, penstock and unit penstocks, power station comprising three Francis generating units, access roads from Bugarama (Rwanda) and Kamanyola (DRC) to the site, and all ancillary and related works

A 7.3-km-long 220-kV double-critical transmission line to evacuate the electricity from the facility to the regional dispatch station in Kamanyola (DRC).

The borrower intends to qualify and select a maximum of eight contractors and/or consortia to participate in the tender for the EPC turnkey contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and testing of the facility and transmission line conducted in accordance with the Initial Selection procedure specified in the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers (Fourth Edition November 2020)

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  • Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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