Deadline extended for studies of six Tanzania small hydro projects

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania 4/12/12 (PennWell) — Global Village Energy Partnership International (GVEP) has extended the deadline for expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies of six mini-hydropower projects in Tanzania. Responses now are due April 20.

GVEP previously called for expressions of interest by April 10.

GVEP, a consultant to the World Bank, is a charity devoted to finding market-based solutions to energy poverty in developing countries. It works to build the capacity of small and medium enterprises (SME) in Sub-Sahara Africa under the ESME Pre-Investment Technical Support program.

In Tanzania, GVEP is supporting six mini-hydropower projects totaling 7.5 MW in the Mbeya, Iringa, Ruvuma, Arusha, and Kigoma regions. All have undertaken pre-feasibility studies, although some are further ahead than others in terms of quality and quantity of data gathered and in steps to advance the projects.

In a separate program, the Tanzania Energy Development and Access Expansion Project (TEDAP), Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency recruited consultants in January to perform pre-feasibility studies of the 140-kW Zigi and 200-kW Kwabululu hydro projects.

GVEP currently seeks expressions of interest from firms to conduct feasibility studies for one or more of the six mini-hydros. Work is to include site inspection, technical surveys, power capacity assessment, and project design. GVEP is to perform cost analyses.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by e-mail, by April 20, to the address below. Include “EOI Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Study” in the subject line. A short-list of candidates is to be compiled.

For information, contact Africa Regional Manager, GVEP International, Africa Regional Office, Kiganjo House, Rose Ave., P.O. Box 76580-00508, Nairobi, Kenya; (254) 20-2714164; E-mail: east.africa@gvepinternational.org; Internet: www.gvepinternational.org.

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Deadline extended for architect-engineers for Africa, developing countries

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District, has extended the deadline for expressions of interest to supply general architectural and engineering services in Corps areas of responsibility in Africa, Europe, and other developing countries. Responses now are due January 28, 2010.

The Corps previously called for expressions of interest by January 14. (HydroWorld 12/31/09) The agency seeks multi-disciplined architectural-engineering services and expects to issue up to two indefinite delivery contracts with a base of one year and four options for one-year extensions. The amount of work is not to exceed US$12 million.

The contracts will be awarded primarily for work in the Corps’ Africa Command area of responsibility, with some taking place under the European Command and in other developing countries. Typical work is to include water resources management and bulk water supply including dams, energy and power including conventional and alternative electricity generation, irrigation systems, water and sanitation, transport, and industrial and institutional facilities.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W912GB09R0021 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Firms are invited to submit two printed and one electronic copy of a completed Standard Form 330. Forms may be obtained on the Internet at www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=SF.

Responses are due by 2:30 p.m. Central European Time January 28 to the following addresses:
o U.S. Military postal service: Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District, Attn: CENAU-CT (Marion Weingartner), Announcement W912GB-09-R-0021, CMR 410, Box 7, APO AE 09049;
o German postal service: Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District, Attn: CENAU-CT (Box 7/Marion Weingartner), A-E Announcement W912GB-09-R-0021, Konrad-Adenauer-Ring 39, 65187 Wiesbaden, Germany.

For information, contact Marion Weingartner, Contract Specialist, (49) 611-97442606; Fax: (49) 611-97442618; E-mail: marion.weingartner@usace.army.mil.

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