DR Congo sees tendering for Inga rehab, expansion

With funding from the World Bank, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced it anticipates tendering for rehabilitation of the Inga hydroelectric complex on the Congo River and for technical support for its expansion.

The World Bank’s International Development Association approved a grant of about US$300 million to the DRC for development of electricity markets for domestic consumption and for export. (HNN 5/30/07)

Currently, the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydro plants produce a total of only 500 MW due to lack of maintenance. The plants are the keystone of a proposal by DRC and its neighbors to invest up to US$40 billion to expand the Inga complex to a target capacity of 40,000 MW. (HNN 4/24/08)

The project is to include rehabilitation of Inga 1 and 2 including turbine-generators and civil engineering relating to dredging and widening a diversion canal. Other work includes rehabilitation and extension of the Kinshasa distribution network and electrification of Kimbanseke

DRC also plans to recruit services to reinforce management capacity of the Ministere de l’Energie and national utility Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL). That is to include support for development of studies and analysis for development of 4,300-MW Inga 3. (HNN 6/27/08)

The government said it plans to conduct pre-qualification for rehabilitation of Inga 1 and 2 turbines and for construction of a transmission line between Inga and Kinshasa.

Prospective bidders seeking additional information are invited to contact Bureau Central de Coordination (BCECO), Pour le compte de la Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL), Attn: Matata Ponyo, Directeur General, Ave. Colonel Mondjiba No. 372, Concession UTEXAFRICA, Kinshasa, Ngaliema, Democratic Republic of Congo; (243) 99-9940301, 81-9999180; E-mail: bceco@bceco.cd, dpm@bceco.cd, danp_k2000@yahoo.fr, dpmbceco@yahoo.fr; Internet: www.bceco.cd.

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