DR Congo seeks study of micro-hydropower project at Tshikapa

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to study development of a micro-hydropower project to power drinking water pumping and treatment facilities in the community of Tshikapa. Responses are due March 27.

The government received funding from the African Development Fund for a program of socio-economic development in the DRC’s central region, Projet de Renforcement des Infrastructures Socio-economiques dans la Region du Centre (PRISE), that includes the hydro project study at Tshikapa.

DRC already is advancing proposals for large hydro projects such as the proposed 4,800-MW Inga Basse Chute on the Congo River, a series of medium-sized hydropower projects, and a number of small hydro projects.

The PRISE project coordination unit, Coordination Nationale de l’Unite d’Execution du Projet, now invites expressions of interest from consultants to study developing a micro-hydro project at Tshikapa on the Lovua River. The work would include pre-feasibility and feasibility studies to assess the viability of the site and sufficiency of energy potential.

The consultant would undertake hydrological, hydrometric, geological and geotechnical studies; surveying and mapping; studies of hydraulic works, civil engineering and equipment of power plants; access to transmission; and institutional, economic and environmental requirements. It is recommended the studies include comparison to alternatives such as thermal power or supply from the nearby 2-MW Lungudi hydropower project.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due to the address below by 2 p.m. March 27 labeled “AMI No. 005/PRISE/UEP/CN/GP/PM/2014: Etude de la microcentrale hydroelectrique de Tshikapa.”

For information, contact Coordination Nationale du PRISE,
Attn.: Mr. le Coordonnateur National, Av. Lukusa, No. 111-112, croisement des Avenues TSF et Lukusa, dans l’enceinte du secretariat General au Developpement Rural (en face de la direction generale de l’ORGAMAN), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; (243) 815262789; E-mail: projetpriserdc@gmail.com.

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