DR Congo sees tendering for Inga rehabilitation, expansion

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says it anticipates additional tendering for rehabilitation and expansion of the Inga hydroelectric complex on the Congo River.

The DRC said it has requested additional funding from the World Bank’s International Development Association for development of domestic and export electricity markets. It recently solicited consultants for financial management, accounting, and legal assistance to guide rehabilitation of Inga. (HNN 3/9/07)

The government said April 13 it plans further tendering for:
o Rehabilitation of the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 projects, including turbine work and dredging and widening of the upstream channel;
o Rehabilitation and extension of the distribution network, including Kimbanseke and sectors of Kinshasa;
o Reinforcement of the capacities of the Ministry of Energy and national utility Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL), including support for development studies of the proposed 3,500-MW Inga 3 hydroelectric project (HNN 9/29/06); and
o Other studies.

The DRC said it will be pre-qualifying bidders for rehabilitation of Inga 1 and 2 turbines, and for construction of a second transmission line from Inga to Kinshasa.

MagEnergy Inc., a unit of Canadian magnesium producer MagIndustries Corp., currently is leading emergency refurbishment of generating units of Inga 2, in partnership with SNEL and Industrial Development Corp. of South Africa. (HNN 3/21/07)

Prospective bidders seeking additional information are invited to contact Daniel Pembele, Coordonateur de l’Unite de Preparation du Projet, Ave. Colonel Mondjiba No. 372, Kinshasa � Gombe, Congo, Republique Democratique; (243) 81-7005919; E-mail: danp_k2000@yahoo.fr.

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