African bank seeks feasibility studies of three small hydro projects in Liberia

The African Development Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies of three mini- or small hydropower projects in Liberia. Responses are due July 30.

A Norwegian lender recruited consultants in May to perform pre-feasibility studies of selected mini-hydropower projects in Liberia. Additionally, the World Bank last year recruited consultants to perform pre-feasibility studies of six to nine small hydropower sites in Liberia.The government of Liberia pre-qualified firms in June for operation, maintenance and capacity building services for the 64-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric project, which is undergoing rehabilitation.

In the current solicitation, the AfDB seeks consultants to perform feasibility studies of projects at Gbelin Falls, Ya Creek and River Gee. Work is to include topographic-geological-hydrological surveys; schematic layouts of hydro plants, dams and transmission-distribution lines; identification of major environmental and social effects; and economic and financial assessments. The work is expected to begin in August.

Expressions of interest, labeled “SREP Liberia – Feasibility Study of Small Hydropower Plants on the Sites of Gbelin Falls, Ya Creek and River Gee in Liberia,” are due by 5 p.m., Abidjan time, July 30 to the address below. For information, contact Zakou Amadou, Division Manager ONEC.1, African Development Bank, Energy Environment and Climate Change Department, Immeuble du Centre de Commerce International d’Abidjan, Avenue Jean-Paul II, 01 BP 1387, Abidjan 01, Ivory Coast; E-mail: z.amadou@afdb.org, d.ibrahime@afdb.org.

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