Africa fund seeks civil, EM works for Uganda’s 10-MW Achwa 3 hydro project

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The Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) invites expressions of interest to carry out civil and electro-mechanical works of the 5- to 10-MW Achwa 3 hydroelectric project in Uganda. Responses to two solicitations are due September 18.

AREF, which is managed by renewable energy investment manager Berkeley Energy, has invested in a cascade of run-of-river hydro projects on the Achwa River in northern Uganda, including Achwa 3.

The government of Uganda signed a US$95 million agreement with German and French lenders last month to construct the 44.7-MW Muzizi hydroelectric project on Uganda’s Muzizi River. Sinohydro awarded Alstom a US$65 million contract in March to provide equipment and technical services for Uganda’s 600-MW Karuma hydropower plant on the Victoria Nile River.

In the first of two solicitations, AREF seeks expressions of interest from civil works contractors to construct an intake weir, headrace, penstock, powerhouse, minimal tailrace, 12-kilometer transmission line and a 10-kilometer access road for Achwa 3.

In a second solicitation, it invites expressions of interest from original equipment manufacturers to design, manufacture, install and commission turbines and other associated works of the project.

Expressions of interest for each solicitation, five pages in pdf form, are due by 3 p.m., East Africa time, September 18 by e-mail to the address below.

For information, contact Richard Scott, Berkeley Energy, Springette Office Park, Block F2, Lower Kabete Road, Spring Valley, Nairobi, Kenya; (254) 700470433; E-mail:; Internet:

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