DR Congo to seek bids for Inga rehabilitation, distribution work

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says it expects to seek bids for additional rehabilitation of the Inga hydroelectric complex on the Congo River as well as work on the Kinshasa area electricity distribution system.

The DRC said it received financing for the work from the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) African Development Fund. It said goals of the work include improved operational effectiveness of the electricity subsector and increased generation and transmission to support domestic demand and regional integration.

The World Bank recently approved a second additional financing grant to the DRC for emergency rehabilitation of critical infrastructure, including the DRC hydropower system. (HNN 12/21/07)

With the AfDB funds, the government said it plans to solicit international bids from suppliers of large hydroelectric equipment to supply two turbine-generator groups for rehabilitation of the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 projects. It also plans international bidding for electrification work in Kimbanseke.

The government also plans national bidding for rehabilitation of the Sanga training center. Consultants also will be selected to conduct a needs assessment for the Sanga center rehabilitation. The government also plans to procure software and training.

Prospective bidders are invited to seek additional information from Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL), 2831 Ave. de la Justice, Kinshasa/Gombe, Kinshasa, Republique Democratique du Congo; E-mail: sneldg@ic.cd, danp_k@yahoo.fr.

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