Burundi seeks dam design review for 31.5-MW Jiji hydroelectric project

Burundi’s water and electric utility invites expressions of interest from consultants to review design of the dam for the 31.5-MW Jiji hydroelectric project proposed for Burundi’s Jiji River. Responses are due February 25.

Regie de Production et de Distribution d’Eau et d’Electricite (REGIDESO) recruited consultants in December to supervise tendering and construction of Jiji and the 16.5-MW Mulembwe hydro project and a related transmission line in Burundi’s Bururi Province. In August it called for consultants to form a dam safety panel and a social and environmental assessment panel for the two proposed hydroelectric projects. In 2012, it recruited firms to perform environmental and social impact studies.

REGIDESO now invites expressions of interest from consultants to review studies of consulting firm Fichtner, to evaluate the quality of the design of Jiji Dam and whether the design is consistent with accepted standards and local conditions. The work is to require 60 days.

Expressions of interest, labeled “Manifestation d’Interet pour le Recrutement d’un Expert en Barrage pour la Revue de la Conception du Barrage du Jiji, Consultant Individuel,” are due to the address below by 10 a.m. February 25.

For information, contact Monsieur le Directeur General de la REGIDESO, Projet de Developpement des Amenagements Hydroelectriques de Jiji et Mulembwe (PDAJIMU), Avenue des Travailleurs No. 8, BP 660, Bujumbura, Burundi; (257) 22-273246; Fax: (257) 22-273249; E-mail: emmanuel_barinzigo@yahoo.fr, nkurico@yahoo.fr.

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