Aid group to seek turbine-generator for Tanzania’s 1.7-MW Lugarawa hydro project

Italian aid group Fondazione ACRA-CCS plans to seek bids to supply a turbine-generator and other equipment for a 1.7-MW hydroelectric project to be built at Lugarawa, Tanzania.

The poverty-fighting non-governmental organization issued a prior information notice indicating it plans to issue a solicitation in about a month for supply, installation and commissioning of a hydroelectric project under a European Union-funded project “Hydroelectric for 20 Isolated Rural Villages in the Ludewa District, Tanzania, Contract No. 340-559.” ACRA-CCS previously collaborated with Tanzania non-governmental organization NDO to develop the 300-kW Kisongo project on Tanzania’s Kisongo River to power nine villages.

Nile Equatorial Lakes states prequalified firms in March to build and equip the 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the border of Tanzania and Rwanda. Verkis hf of Iceland won a contract in 2013 to serve as owner’s engineer for five Tanzanian hydroelectric projects. Tanzania Electric Supply Co. (Tanesco) also partnered with Arusha Technical College to offer hydroelectric power training while rehabilitating the 1.5-MW Kikuletwa small hydro project.

In the expected solicitation, ACRA-CCS plans to seek bids for supply, installation and commissioning of the Lugarawa project in Ludewa District of Tanzania’s Njombe Region, including a turbine and generator and their accessories, a voltage and frequency regulation system for operation of the project in parallel with the Tanesco grid and in stand-alone mode, and medium- and low-voltage cabinets for plant control and automation. Other work includes supply of a unit valve, design documentation, an operation and maintenance manual, personnel training and site installation and commissioning.

A solicitation is expected to be issued in about a month. Information on the prior information notice was provided by Rosanna Dellera, Desk Officer – Programs Unit, Fondazione ACRA-CCS, CF 97020740151 – P.IVA 04404990964, Sede legale, Amministrativa e Operativa, Via Lazzaretto, 3 – 20124 Milan, Italy; (39) 02-27000291; Fax: (39) 02-2552270; E-mail: rosannadellera@acraccs.org; Internet: www.acraccs.org.

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