Ruzizi III Energy moving forward with 149-MW Ruzizi III hydro project development

Ruzizi III Energy Limited is moving forward with development of the 149-MW Ruzizi III Regional Hydropower Project and now invites contractors to submit expressions of interest for an engineer-procure-construct (EPC) tender.

The Ruzizi III hydropower project will be located on the Ruzizi River on the boundary of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and is being built as a public-private partnership. The intended installed capacity is 149 MW, subject to final definition studies. The private sector project sponsors are Industrial Promotion Services of Kenya and SN Power of Norway. Public parties are the governments of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda.

The EPC contract will include the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of a 45-m-high embankment dam with associated spillway, low-level outlet, and eco-flow powerhouse, a 3.8-km-long, 6- to 7-m-diameter, concrete-lined headrace tunnel from the reservoir to the powerhouse; penstock and unit penstocks; power station and switchyard; a 8.3-km-long 220-kV double-circuit transmission line connecting the Ruzizi III substation to the regional dispatch station in Kamanyola (DRC); access roads from Bugarama (Rwanda) and Kamanyola to the dam site; and all ancillary and related works. The power station will have three generating units, giving an installed capacity of at least 150 MW.

Ruzizi III Energy Limited will pre-qualify contractors and consortia to tender for the RIII-EPC contract. Pre-qualification documents will be made available, in electronic format for free, in a dedicated virtual data room. Submissions are due Feb. 15, 2021. is the email address for all queries related to the pre-qualification and for interested applicants to request access to the VDR.

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