Mozambique seeks environmental consultant for grid to link new hydro

Mozambique utility Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM) invites expressions of interest from environmental specialists to help develop a transmission backbone system to deliver power from proposed new hydro and thermal power plants to southern Mozambique. Responses are due December 29, 2009.

With funding from the World Bank and other lenders, Mozambique plans to develop an integrated transmission system designed to handle increased capacity from several large power projects in Tete Province expected to total 7,000 MW. (HydroWorld 12/4/08) EDM recruited consultants in November to perform a regional environmental and social assessment of investment plans including the Mozambican Integrated Transmission Backbone System, called the CESUL Transmission Project. (HydroWorld 11/2/09)

EDM now seeks an environmental specialist to help the project manager with socio-economic issues. The 15-month assignment is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2010.

Tete, in northwest Mozambique, is the site of the existing 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa hydroelectric project on the Zambezi River, as well as the proposed 800- to 1,200-MW Cahora Bassa North hydro project, the proposed 1,500-MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydro project (potentially expanding to 2,400 MW), and other proposed plants. In July 2008, Mozambique said it planned to invite foreign investors to build hydro projects totaling up to 14,000 MW in 100 locations including some in Tete.

Expressions of interest are due to the addresses below by noon December 29, labeled “Consultancy Services for Mozambique Regional Transmission Development Project – for Environmental Specialist for EDM PIU for the CESUL Transmission Project in Mozambique.”

For information, contact Electricidade de Mocambique E.P, Direccao de Electrificacao e Projectos, Av. Filipe Samuel Magaia, 368, Cx. Postal 2532, Maputo, Mozambique; (258) 21-353632; E-mail: jcatine@edm.co.mz, lmhula@edm.co.mz; Internet: www.edm.co.mz.

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