DR Congo seeks O&M consultant for 350-MW Inga 1, 1,424-MW Inga 2

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to improve operation and maintenance management of the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydroelectric projects on the Congo River. Responses are due March 30.

The DRC took bids in March for rehabilitation of two turbine-generators at Inga 2. It also took bids in November 2010 for performance of urgent mechanical measures to help rehabilitate Inga 1 and 2. The two plants produce a total of only 500 MW and are undergoing refurbishment.

A joint venture of Aecom and Electricite de France announced a US$13.4 million contract in February to conduct feasibility studies for an estimated 40,000-MW Grand Inga hydro complex in the DRC. Earlier in the year, the African Union Commission recruited consultants to promote major hydro projects, focusing on a proposed 4,300-MW Inga 3 project and Grand Inga.

In the current solicitation, DRC’s utility, Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL), and the Bureau Central de Coordination (BCECO) invite expressions of interest from consultants to provide diagnosis and strengthening of the management structure of operation and maintenance of Inga 1 and 2. The work is to be performed in two three-month phases.

In phase 1, the consultant team is to diagnose maintenance and design an organization to strengthen the structure of the maintenance operation. In phase 2, the consultants are to establish an internal structure within SNEL as well as procedures and a computer system to support maintenance.

The consultant team is to include a project manager and experts in electro-mechanics; hydro-mechanics; command, control, and protection; dams; dredging; transmission; inventory management; and equipment maintenance.

Terms of reference may be obtained from the address below. Expressions of interest and qualifications, in French, are due March 30 by mail or e-mail to the address below. Submissions must be labeled “AMI No 296/PMEDE/SNEL/BCECO/DG/DPM/HMS/2011/SC – Recrutement du Consultant charge du Diagnostic et du Renforcement de la structure de gestion de l’exploitation et de la maintenance dans les centrales hydroelectriques d’Inga 1 et 2.”

For information, contact Bureau Central de Coordination (BCECO), Pour le compte de la Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL), Attn.: Monsieur Matondo Mbungu, Directeur General a.i., Ave. Colonel Mondjiba No. 372, Concession UTEXAFRICA, Kinshasa, Ngaliema, Democratic Republic of Congo; (243) 81-5136729; E-mail: bceco@bceco.cd, dpm@bceco.cd, bcecobceco@yahoo.fr, dpmbceco@yahoo.fr; Internet: www.bceco.cd.

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