Bank funding for 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydro project to strengthen Zambia utility

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Utilizing funds for development of the 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydroelectric project, the European Investment Bank (EIB) invites applications for pre-qualification to help strengthen Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. (ZESCO). Responses are due May 15.

EIB is financing ZESCO’s development of the Itezhi-Tezhi project on Zambia’s Kafue River as well as the Kafue-Livingstone transmission line project. EIB last year took bids from energy sector consultants to advance energy projects, including hydropower and ocean energy, throughout its countries of operation.

The US$250 million Itezhi-Tezhi project is to be operated under a private-public partnership between ZESCO and India’s Tata Africa Corp. The African Development Bank approved a US$50 million loan for the hydro project and transmission line in 2012.

With a budget of 299,000 euros (US$413,024), EIB seeks consultants to help ZESCO implement a corporate governance framework, internal controls for day-to-day operations and a basic compliance framework for personnel. The work is expected to require nine months with a possibility for extension for an amount not to exceed half the initial budget.

Applications for pre-qualification must be submitted using the standard application form available on the EIB Internet site under www.eib.org/projects/regions/med/instruments/technical-assistance/procurement/index.htm. Applications, in English, are due by May 15 to the address below, labeled with the contract title and reference code: “Technical assistance for strengthening good corporate governance and compliance at ZESCO — Phase II, TA2014030 ZM IF3.”

EIB plans to invite a short-list of from four to eight firms to submit proposals.

For information, contact Stefan Kerpen, Head of Technical Assistance Unit, European Investment Bank, OPS A/ASD/Technical Assistance Unit (TAU), 100 Boulevard Konrad Adenauer L-2950 Luxembourg.

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