Bids sought to build South Sudan’s 42-MW Fula Rapids hydroelectric plant, grid link

South Sudan and its Norwegian backers seek bids to construct the 42-MW Fula Rapids hydroelectric project on the Nile River and a 150-kilometer transmission line and substation in South Sudan. Bids are due June 3.

Norwegian investment fund Norfund named Norplan of Norway to perform a feasibility study of a 20-MW Fula Rapids in 2008 when it was still part of Sudan.

The World Bank recruited consultants in 2011 to draft an electricity sector strategy for hydro-rich Southern Sudan, which became an independent country later that year. At that time, the bank listed an 890-MW Fula project among major hydropower sites under feasibility study. In 2007, the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program recommended studies of 720-MW Fula 1 and 540-MW Fula 2 projects.

Two separate contracts are to be awarded:

  • Power plant contract includes engineering, procurement, and construction of the 42-MW hydropower plant at Fula Rapids near Nimule, including a management camp, workers camp, access road, switchyard, and 33-kilovolt infrastructure to Nimule and Jelei;
  • Transmission contract includes engineering, procurement, and construction of a 150-kilometer, 132-kilovolt transmission line from the switchyard to the Juba substation site, the 132/33 kV substation, and associated works.

The combined project is valued at more than US$100 million. It is to be financed by the Norwegian government, South Sudan, and international development finance institutions.

Bids are due by noon, Greenwich Mean Time plus 1, June 3. For information, contact Karl Arne Stovik, NTE Entreprenor AS, Sjofartsgt. 3, 7736 Steinkjer, Norway; (47) 74150390; Fax: (47) 74150400; E-mail: karl.stoevik@nte.no; Internet: www.norfund.no.

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