Burundi seeks studies of 32-MW Jiji, 17-MW Mulembwe

Burundi’s water and electric utility invites expressions of interest from firms to perform environmental and social impact studies of the proposed 32-MW Jiji and 17-MW Mulembwe hydroelectric projects and a related transmission line in Burundi’s Bururi Province. Responses are due December 4.

Regie de Production et de Distribution d’Eau et d’Electricite (REGIDESO) also seeks bids by December 17 to conduct a drilling program for the hydro projects. REGIDESO has requested a grant from the government of the Netherlands to fund a multi-sectoral water and electricity infrastructure project, an emergency energy project, and a water sectoral program.

The agency now invites expressions of interest for environmental and social assessments of each development site and the transmission line. Studies are to include potential effects of dam failure, environmental and social management and monitoring plans, and resettlement plans.

Expressions of interest are due by 11 a.m. December 4 to the address below. They must be labeled “Etude d’Impact Environnemental et Social (EIES) et d’un Plan d’Action et Reinstallation (PAR) des Amenagements Hydroelectriques de Jiji et Mulembwe, de la Ligne 100kV d’Evacuation de l’Energie sur Bujumbura et du Reseau Secondaire.”

REGIDESO plans to compile a short-list of six firms to bid on the work.

For information, contact Monsieur le Directeur General de la REGIDESO, Projet Multisectoriel d’Infrastructures Eau et Electricite, Avenue des Travailleurs No. 22, BP 660, Bujumbura, Burundi; (257) 22-273246; Fax: (257) 22-226563; E-mail: banobeka@yahoo.fr, emmanuel_barinzigo@yahoo.com.

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