East Africa tea project seeks studies of six small hydro projects

The Greening the Tea Industry in East Africa Project (GTIEA) seeks bids from consultants to perform feasibility studies of six small hydropower projects to be built at tea factories in four East African countries. Bids are due March 31.

The United Nations Environment Program last year launched the small hydro for Greening the Tea Industry program. The World Bank’s Global Environment Facility approved the program for funding with the African Development Bank. GTIEA previously recruited a chief international adviser to review feasibility studies. (HNN 12/14/07)

The program is being coordinated by a Project Management Office (PMO) sponsored by the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA). The program anticipates developing pilot small hydropower projects of from 200 kW to 5 MW and refurbishing existing plants at tea factories across the region belonging to EATTA.

The program seeks consultants to perform feasibility studies for:
o Lot 1: three small hydro project sites in Kenya; and
o Lot 2: one small hydro project each in Tanzania, Malawi, and Rwanda.

Bid documents may be obtained from the address below for US$100 for each lot, payable by banker’s check to East African Tea Trade Association. Bids are due by 2 p.m. March 31.

For information, contact PMO Director, Attn: Leonard B. Kassana, Greening the Tea Industry in East Africa Project (GTIEA), East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA), Tea Trade Center, Nyerere Avenue, P.O. Box 85174, 80100 Mombasa, Kenya; (254) 41-2228460; Fax: (254) 41-2225823; E-mail: gtiea@africaonline.co.ke, leo.kassana@gtiea.org.

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