Nile agency to seek grid study for 61.5-MW Rusumo Falls

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) plans to recruit consultants to conduct a study of transmission lines to interconnect the proposed 61.5-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project. Tender documents are expected to be issued in December.

The African Development Fund (ADF) approved a grant in October of 2.57 million Units of Account (US$3.79 million) for NBI to study technical, financial, economic, social, and environmental feasibility of projects to transmit power from Rusumo Falls, which is to be built on the Kagera River in Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda. (HNN 11/2/06)

The study is to examine building links to grids in Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania, as well as the feasibility of a rural electrification program in the Kagera Basin along the power line corridors. Work is to include final design studies and preparation of bid documents for the construction.

ADF is to finance 89.93 percent of the total cost, while NBI pays the remaining 10.07 percent.

Prospective bidders are invited to express their interest to the address below. For information, contact UC-LEN/Nile Basin Initiative, Building of the Ministry of Education, P.O. Box 6759, Kigala, Rwanda; (250) 0830-7334; Fax: (250) 580043; E-mail: nelcu@nel-sap.org, dnzayanga@nilebasin.org; Internet: www.nilebasin.org/nelsap.

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