Canada firms sought for East Africa small hydro program

A unit of Canada’s Center for Mineral and Energy Technology (CANMET) seeks expressions of interest from Canadian hydropower firms to participate in its Small Hydropower for East Africa Initiative. Responses are due July 31.

The CANMET Energy Technology Center (CETC) of Natural Resources Canada plans to position the Canadian small hydropower industry as a partner for development of East Africa’s decentralized power generation and technology transfer activities. CETC has identified potential projects, partners, equity and debt financing, and key power consumers in East Africa.

The agency envisions an aggressive timetable of expressions of interest, initial stakeholder meetings, and a mission to East Africa planned to be completed between July 2007 and February 2008.

Opportunities identified in a CETC trip to Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya included a Greening the Tea Industry project backed by the United Nations Environmental Program and the Global Environmental Facility. That program anticipates developing pilot small hydropower projects and refurbishing existing plants at tea factories across the region belonging to the East African Tea Trade Association.

Other opportunities could include a United Nations Industrial Development Organization rural energy program for a micro-hydro pilot project development in Uganda.

Expressions of interest and qualifications of Canadian companies, 10 pages maximum in print or electronic format, are due by close of business July 31 to the address below. CETC plans to present results of the selection process by August 14.

For information, contact Karl Rasmussen, Business Development Officer, CANMET Energy Technology Center, Natural Resources Canada, 580 Booth St., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0E4; (1) 613-996-1365; E-mail:; Internet:

East African Tea hydro program seeks project manager

Meanwhile, the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) seeks a Project Management Office director to lead its Greening the Tea Industry in East Africa project.

The project is to establish six mini-hydro demonstration projects in three to four EATTA countries, potentially in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, and Rwanda.

The program seeks a Project Management Office director, from any nation, to coordinate all activities required for effective implementation of the project. Qualifications include a degree in engineering and 10 years’ experience in project management, preferably related to small hydropower.

The Mombasa, Kenya-based program initially was launched in a Kenya program involving EATTA member Kenya Tea Development Agency. (HNN 3/27/07) Installation of hydro at many of East Africa’s numerous tea plantations would cut energy costs and possibly export clean electricity to national grids or rural electrification schemes.

Responses to the solicitation for a Project Management Office director had been due March 31. However, EATTA said it had not filled the position and called for additional applicants. Candidates were encouraged to contact EATTA immediately of their intent to respond to the solicitation.

For information, contact Chairman, Project Steering Committee, East African Tea Trade Association, P.O. Box 85174-80100, Mombasa, Kenya; E-mail:; Internet:

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