DR Congo seeks consultants to guide Inga rehab

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to guide the rehabilitation of the Inga hydroelectric complex on the Congo River as well as the development of related electricity transmission and distribution. Responses are due by August 7.

The DRC has requested funding from the World Bank’s International Development Association to finance a program to develop the DRC’s electricity market for domestic consumption and for export. Key to the program is rehabilitation and expansion of the Inga complex, which currently comprises the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 plants, which produce a total of only 500 MW due to lack of maintenance.

MagEnergy Inc., a unit of Canadian magnesium producer MagIndustries Corp., announced July 6 it has completed technical studies for rehabilitation of four units of Inga 2 and is making available funding for refurbishment.

In the current solicitation, the DRC seeks consultants to carry out a detailed project preparatory study and technical specifications for several aspects of the project:
o Rehabilitation of Inga units to make 1,500 MW available;
o Civil engineering works to increase channel flow and security of works and to repair and build access roads;
o Construction of a second transmission line from Inga to Kinshasa; and
o Rehabilitation and extension of the Kinshasa distribution network to connect 50,000 new consumers.

The consultant also would develop tender documents and assist in tendering for contractors, apply recommendations of an environmental study, and train utility staff.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in French, are due by 3 p.m. August 7 to the address below. They are to be labeled “AMI/126/PMEDE/BCECO/DG/PPM/HMS/2006 – Etude a’APD, Redaction des DAO et Supervision des travaux.”

For information, contact Directeur Matata Ponyo, Bureau Central de Coordination (BCECO), Pour le compte de la Societe Nationale de’Electricite (SNEL), Avenue Colonel Mondjiba No. 372, Concession UTEXAFRICA, Kinshasa/Ngaliema, Democratic Republic of Congo; (243) 9999-40301; E-mail: bceco@bceco.cd with copy to dpm@bceco.cd, dpmbceco@yahoo.fr, bcecobceco@yahoo.fr; Internet: www.bceco.cd.

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