Engineering, environmental work sought to refurbish Liberia’s 64-MW Mount Coffee

The West African Power Pool invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare engineering studies and tender documents, environmental-social studies, and resettlement plans for the rehabilitation of the 64-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric project in Liberia. Responses to two solicitations are due July 19.

Stanley Consultants Inc. of the United States prepared a feasibility study in 2008 of rebuilding and expanding the project on the St. Paul River. (HydroWorld 8/27/08) Stanley was commissioned to perform the study with funding from a US$531,500 grant by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. (HRW May 2008)

Mount Coffee was destroyed during a period of war and civil unrest. The study recommended rebuilding Mount Coffee to 66 MW with additional upstream storage capacity to ensure year-round power generation. The study estimated the work would cost more than US$300 million.

West African Power Pool (WAPP) has received approval for financing from the European Union-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund and is to act as agent for the Mount Coffee project rehabilitation, one of several hydro projects WAPP is supporting to power a multi-national transmission grid. (HydroWorld 6/29/09)

In the first of two solicitations, WAPP invites expressions of interest from consultants for preparatory studies for engineering and preparation of tender documents for Mount Coffee. Work is to include feasibility study review and scoping, preparation of bidding document, and assistance during the bidding process. The work is to be performed between November 2010 and February 2012.

Expressions of interest, labeled “Expressions of Interest for Preparatory Studies for Engineering and Preparation of Tender Documents for the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant,” are due to the addresses below by noon Benin time, July 19.

In the second solicitation, WAPP invites expressions of interest from consultants for preparatory studies for an environmental and social impact assessment and a resettlement action plan for Mount Coffee. Work is to include: study of the existing environment, potential environmental impacts, and mitigation measures; public consultations; preparation of an environmental and social management plan; and preparation of a resettlement action plan. The work is to be performed between November 2010 and December 2011.

Expressions of interest, labeled “Expressions of Interest for Preparatory Studies for the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Resettlement Action Plan for the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant,” are due to the addresses below by noon Benin time, July 19.

WAPP plans to invite short-listed firms to submit bids for the separate contracts. Firms may not bid for both contracts.

For information, contact:
o Secretary General Amadou Diallo, West African Power Pool Secretariat, Zones des Ambassades, PK-6, 06 BP 2907 Cotonou, Benin; (229) 21374195; Fax: (229) 21377143; E-mail: info@ecowapp.org, jamoako-baah@ecowapp.org;
o Stefan Kerpen, European Investment Bank, OpsB/DEAS/Technical Assistance Unit, 100 Boulevard Konrad Adenauer L-2950 Luxembourg.

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