African agency seeks advisers, staff to develop 4,300-MW Inga 3

The five-nation Western Power Corridor Co. (Pty) Ltd. (Westcor) launched development of the 4,300-MW Inga 3 hydroelectric project with a solicitation for advisers, consultants, and operational staff. Responses are due March 31.

Westcor said Inga 3, whose estimated capacity is up from a previous estimate of 3,500 MW, would be the biggest single power station in Africa. The company plans to start construction in 18 months on the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (HNN 10/24/07)

When complete, the project is to generate power for 2 US cents per kWh, which Westcor called the world’s lowest cost benchmark. It said the project would utilize simple engineering designs with �zero environmental impact� and no relocation or harm to people, fauna, or flora.

The Botswana-based Westcor is a joint venture of Angola, Botswana, DRC, Namibia, and South Africa. Its development project consists of an international transmission interconnector; construction and operation of Inga 3; possible development of other hydro plants in Angola, DRC, and Namibia; and installation of broadband telecommunications. (HNN 4/30/07)

Inga 3 is expected to be the first phase of a 40,000-MW Grand Inga project. (HNN 2/15/08) Additionally, the DRC recently said it expects to seek bids for additional rehabilitation of the existing Inga plants, 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2. (HNN 1/24/08)

Westcor invited expressions of interest by March 31 from legal advisers, power system economic advisers, financial advisers, and engineering consultants. It also invited applications and resumes by March 31 for operational staff including project manager, investment officer, management accountant, lawyer, and professional engineers.

Solicitation information may be obtained from the Westcor Internet site, www.westernpowercorridor.com or www.westerncorridor.com. For information contact Ms. Lebogang Kobue, Office of the Chief Executive, Westcor, European Union Complex, Plot Number 758, Extension 2, Gaborone, Botswana; (267) 392-3534; Fax: (267) 392-3549; E-mail: lebo.kobue@westcor.co.bw; Internet: www.westernpowercorridor.com.

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