Bank seeks lenders’ engineer for Zambia’s 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi

The European Investment Bank (EIB) invites applications for pre-qualification to serve as lenders’ engineer for construction of the 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydroelectric project on Zambia’s Kafue River and the Kafue-Livingstone transmission line project. Responses are due November 12.

Itezhi-Tehzi Power Corp. Ltd., a joint venture of state-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. Ltd. and India’s Tata Group, awarded a turnkey contract to Chinese engineering firm Sinohydro Corp. Ltd. to build Itezhi-Tezhi. Sinohydro awarded a contract to Alstom to provide turbines and generators.

The project includes two 60-MW vertical Kaplan turbine-generators; intake structure with screens, trashrack, and gates; two penstocks and screens; powerhouse with control room, relay room, station services, and battery room; substation and switchyard; auxiliary equipment and balance of plant; and design and construction of civil works.

EIB currently seeks a lenders’ engineer to contribute to implementation and monitoring for both the hydroelectric project and the transmission line project. The engineer is to verify procurement decisions and disbursements; support, monitor, and report on project implementation including environmental issues; support the occupational safety and health plan; and implement the projects according to best practices.

The work is to require at least 37 months beginning in February 2013 with a budget of 850,000 euros (US$1.09 million).

Applications for pre-qualification must be submitted using the standard application form available on the EIB Internet site under Applications, in English, are due by November 12 to the address below, labeled with the contract title and reference code: “Lenders’ engineer for Itezhi-Tezhi hydro project (ITT) and transmission line Kafue-Livingstone Project (KL), TA2012020 ZM ITF.”

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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