DR Congo renews telecom, power line bidding for Inga-based power market

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks bids for installation of a 2,200-kilometer telecommunications system and rehabilitation of transmission lines linking the DRC’s Inga hydropower complex, other power plants, and load centers of the hydropower-based Southern Africa Power Market Project (SAPMP). Bids are due March 25, 2010.

DRC previously took bids in early 2009 for both supply and installation of fiber optic lines for the system. (HydroWorld 4/15/09) The government recruited consultants in August to help study development of a regional market for power to be generated by the Inga complex. (HydroWorld 7/23/09)

With World Bank financing of US$178 million, DRC’s utility, Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL), plans to procure equipment and services for work under the SAPMP program to deliver power from the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydro projects, which are to be rehabilitated and expanded on the Congo River. (HydroWorld 8/13/09)

SNEL currently seeks supply of telecommunications and power systems in two lots:
o Lot 5-2: Installation of 2,200 kilometers of fiber optic cables between Inga, the city of Kolwezi, and the city of Kasumbalesa on the Zambia border;
o Lot 4: Rehabilitation of 2,000 kilometers of transmission line in the SAPMP corridor between the 248-MW Nseke (or Seke) hydroelectric project and Kasumbalesa.

Tender documents for each lot may be obtained from the address below for US$250 to account No. 0240001145502 in the name of Projet BCECO at STANBIC Bank/Kinshasa, SWIFT: SBICCKX.

Bids are due by 3 p.m. March 25. For information, contact BCECO, Bureau Central de Coordination, Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL), Ave. Colonel Mondjiba, No. 372, Concession UTEXAFRICA, Kinshasa/Ngaliema, Republique Democratique du Congo; (243) 99-8867865; E-mail: bceco@bceco.cd, dpm@bceco.cd, bcecobceco@yahoo.fr, dpmbceco@yahoo.fr; Internet: www.bceco.cd.

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