Bank seeks consultants to advance Gabon hydropower

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to review Gabon’s power sector to improve electricity development, especially hydropower. Responses are due July 15.

Gabon reportedly has 6,000 MW of undeveloped hydro potential. Hydropower provides about 75 percent of the West African nation’s electricity. Major plants are 38-MW Poubara on the Ogooue River, and 69-MW Tchimbele and 58-MW Kinguele on the M’Bei River. China is helping Gabon develop the 160-MW Poubara 2 project and has agreed to lend about US$83 million to partially fund a “Grand Poubara” hydroelectric scheme. (HRW November 2007)

The government has received a grant from the World Bank’s Public Private Investment Advisory Facility to help fund a contract for an institutional and regulatory review of Gabon’s electricity sector. The review is to enable the government to improve management and development of the power sector, especially hydropower and rural electrification.

The review is intended to: identify lessons learned in the first ten years of the power utility concession; improve efficiency of investment planning, particularly regarding development of hydropower and transmission; promote competition and private sector participation in investment and management of the electricity sector; increase access to electricity in rural areas; and promote renewable energies.

A consultant is sought to propose reforms of the institutional and regulatory framework and to draft laws and regulations governing participation of independent power producers.

Expressions of interest in French or English are due by July 15 via the World Bank’s consultant tendering site, on the Internet at https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org. Without logging in, select Bidding Opportunities and search for “Institutional and Regulatory Review of the Electricity.”

For information, contact Astrid Manroth, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank, Yaounde Office, Cameroon; (237) 2220-3815; Cell: (237) 9950-4190; Fax: (237) 2221-0722; E-mail: amanroth@worldbank.org.

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