Consultants sought for Africa’s 61.5-MW Rusumo Falls

Africa’s multi-nation Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) will be recruiting consultants to carry out feasibility studies of the 61.5-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project and related transmission system to be developed on the Kagera River in Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda.

NBI said it has secured funding pledges of about US$9 million from the World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), Swedish International Development Agency, and Norwegian Agency for International Development for feasibility studies of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project and Multi-Purpose Project.

AfDB said it plans to present its council a proposal in July to provide 1 million units of account (US$1.47 million) in funding for Rusumo Falls. The funding would go to studies of civil engineering and construction of the power station and transmission lines, and to control and monitoring of the work.

The energy ministers of Rwandi, Burundi, and Tanzania signed a joint project development agreement to advance the project in a 2005 meeting in Kigali. NBI said the project is part of a framework to advance multi-purpose use of Kagera Basin water and energy resources with investment in sustainable livelihoods in the project area.

The project also is intended to foster international cooperation in hydropower project development and to improve regional power reliability by interconnecting the grids of Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

For information on development in the region, contact M.L. Chakroun, Director, Country Operations: Central, African Development Bank, (216) 7110-2033; Internet: www.afdb.org; or Kagera Transboundary Integrated Water Resources Management and Development Project, 5th Floor, Ministry of Infrastructure Building, P.O. Box 7054, Kigali, Rwanda; (250) 58-4424; Fax: (250) 58-4425; E-mail: kagera-pmu@nilebasin.org; Internet: www.nilebasin.org.

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