Consultant sought for grid to link Tanzania hydro plants

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare for development of a transmission line linking hydropower plants in Tanzania to a Kenya-Tanzania-Zambia regional transmission backbone. Responses are due February 7.

NBI’s Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) Coordination Unit seeks consultants for the project, which includes construction of a 400-kilovolt, 350-kilometer line from Iringa to Mbeya in Tanzania. The line is to connect the ongoing construction of a 400-kV backbone from Iringa to Shinyanga by Tanzania Electricity Supply Co. (Tanesco) and from Nairobi, Kenya, to Arusha and Singida, Tanzania, by NELSAP.

NELSAP said the Iringa-Mbeya line is to connect with power projects being developed by Tanesco, including the 111-MW Rumakali hydro project, the 358-MW Ruhudji hydro project, and the 200-MW Kiwira and 400-MW Mchuchuma coal plants. Rumakali previously was identified as a 222-MW project.

NELSAP seeks a consultant to perform a feasibility study and detailed design, and to draft tender documents.

For information, contact Nzayanga Desire by e-mail at, with copy to

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English, are due by 10 a.m. Feb. 7 to Procurement Officer Pierre Masozera, Nile Basin Initiative/NELSAP, Inyota House, Plot 1957, Boulevard de l’Umuganda, B.P. 6759, Kigali, Rwanda; (250) 788307334; Fax: (250) 252580100; E-mail:,; Internet:

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