Egyptian dam rehab study to consider hydropower option

Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to study refurbishment of Zefta Barrage including options to add hydropower to the Nile River dam. Responses are due April 4.

MWRI seeks a feasibility study of rehabilitation or reconstruction of the dam, including an assessment of the technical and economic feasibility of future options for the century-old structure. MWRI and the Ministry of Electricity and Energy awarded a contract in 2008 to Lahmeyer International of Germany for tender preparation, design, and construction management of the 32-MW Assiut hydroelectric project at Assiut Dam on the Nile River. (HydroWorld 2/29/08)

Work at Zefta Barrage, 100 kilometers north of Cairo, would include development and evaluation of hydropower options, a comprehensive environmental and social assessment, engineering designs, bid packages, and tender documents for the most feasible options.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by noon April 4 to the address below. Responses are to be labeled “Request for Expression of Interest for the Consultancy Services of the Feasibility Study for the Rehabilitation/Reconstruction of Zefta Barrage.” MWRI plans to short list six firms for invitations to bid.

The ministry also plans a subsequent solicitation for consultants to audit the study. For information on that tender, contact the address below.

For information, contact Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Reservoirs and Grand Barrages Sector (RGBS), Attn.: Head of RGBS, Cornish El-Nil, Gamal Abdel Nasser St., Imbaba 12421 Giza, Egypt; (20) 2-35449552; Fax: (20) 2-35449451; Internet:

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