Design, studies sought for five Ethiopia small hydros

The government of Ethiopia invites expressions of interest from consultants to design and conduct environmental and social assessments of five small hydropower projects. Responses to two solicitations are due March 31.

With funding from the World Bank’s International Development Association, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy is implementing its Second Electricity Access Rural Expansion Project. (HydroWorld 7/6/07) The program is to bring grid, mini-grid, and off-grid power to 295 towns and villages benefiting about 1.8 million people. It envisions hydro projects to be run-of-river developments, typically of about 200 kW.

One solicitation seeks consultants to conduct detailed design and prepare technical documents for five small hydropower projects, Dilla, Tiski, Tum, Yabus, and Zey. Consultants also are to review project feasibility reports, prepare technical specifications, prepare detailed design, specify power generation equipment, draft tender documents, and participate in the bidding process. The work is to be performed within 60 days of contract award.

The second solicitation calls for consultants to conduct full-scale environmental and social impact assessments of the five small hydro projects with environmental management and monitoring plans and resettlement action plans if needed. That work also is to be performed within 60 days of contract award.

The Ethiopian Rural Energy Development and Promotion Center, Rural Electrification Fund office, invites expressions of interest and qualifications for each solicitation to the address below by March 31. Short-lists of candidates will be named for notification.

For information, contact Ethiopian Rural Energy Development and Promotion Center, Rural Electrification Fund, Attn.: Acting Project Coordinator Alemu Muleta, P.O. Box 8063, South of Mexico Square on the road to Sarbet, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; (251) 115-530459; Fax: (251) 115-514874; E-mail: muleta_alemu@yahoo.com

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