Consultant sought to study funding Africa power, including hydro

The United States Trade and Development Agency (TDA) seeks consultants to study funding opportunities for energy projects, including hydropower in Sub-Saharan Africa. Responses are due April 8.

TDA seeks U.S.-based consultants to carry out the definitional mission for an estimated cost of US$85,000, delivering a report in June.

The consultant is to travel to at least three countries in the Southern Africa Power Pool region based on a preliminary evaluation of the most viable prospective TDA funding opportunities. TDA said it has received specific requests for assistance from Mozambique, Namibia, and South Africa and is aware of potential opportunities in Botswana and Angola.

In a 2006 definitional mission, Econergy International Corp. of the United States recommended that TDA consider supporting a list of projects dominated by thermal generation and electricity system work. However, the report included recommendations for immediate support of the Angola and Mozambique projects, with hydropower aspects, and also suggested longer-term study of other hydropower projects in sub-Saharan Africa. (HNN 11/24/06)

For the current mission, TDA said the consultant is to identify potential projects to support regional integration in the power sector. It reviewed prospective projects to be considered including some hydro-related work.

Angola

Concerning Angola, the scope of work noted the Western Power Corridor Project (WESTCOR), a joint venture of five state power utilities, is expected to increase hydroelectric power generation in Namibia, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and to create a transmission system to deliver the power. (HNN 2/21/08)

Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water Affairs has asked TDA to consider funding feasibility studies of hydropower generation on the Middle Cuanza River, which has a potential for 6,000 MW of hydropower. (HNN 11/24/06)

Mozambique

Mozambique’s Hidroelectrica Cahora Bassa, operator of the 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa hydroelectric project on the Zambezi River, plans to expand hydropower in three phases: full renovation of the Cahora Bassa project to bring capacity up to 2,120 MW (HNN 3/26/08); building the 800- to 1,200-MW Cahora Bassa North project; and constructing the 1,500-MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydro project on the Zambezi, which TDA said could total 2,200 MW.

Mphanda Nkuwa is to be built by a Brazilian firm (HNN 1/28/08), possibly with Chinese funding. (HNN 10/1/07) However, TDA said there may be other opportunities beyond that project.

In 2006, TDA funded a feasibility study of hydropower projects on the Lurio River, which TDA said is near completion. Electricidade de Mocambique awarded a contract to Black &Veatch International of the U.S. to perform the study, which included the proposed 120-MW Quedas and 60-MW Ocua projects. (HNN 11/24/06)

Other potential projects in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa involved coal, natural gas, biofuels, biomass, and distribution systems.

Solicitation documents may be obtained from the U.S. government’s Federal Business Opportunities Internet site under www.fbo.gov/index?tab=core&s=opportunity&id=cac5a112fa7c21900eeeae6a0f1f7f45&mode=form.

Two copies of expressions of interest are due by noon Eastern time April 8 to the address below. Submissions by e-mail or fax will be accepted. Bidders must register in the U.S. Central Contractor Registration on the Internet at www.ccr.gov.

For information, contact Tyrone Johnson, Administrative Assistant, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Contracts Office, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 USA; (1) 703-875-4357; Fax: (1) 703-875-4009; E-mail: contract@ustda.gov.

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