Feasibility study for Garabi-Panambi hydro project to be finished in first half of 2011

The final feasibility assessment of the binational 2,200-MW Garabi-Panambi hydro project planned for the Uruguay River between Argentina and Brazil will be concluded in the first half of the year, a spokesperson for Brazil’s president told wire services.

The Garabi-Panambi hydro complex will be built on the Uruguay River between the Brazilian southern state of Rio Grande do Sul and Argentine province of Corrientes.

Two dams will be built in the complex: the 1,150-MW Garabi and the 1,050-MW Panambi.

The Garabi-Panambi hydro complex will be operational as early as 2013, some reports indicate.

In other news, Brazil’s environment agency, Ibama, has approved the start of initial construction work for the 11,200-MW Belo Monte hydropower project in Brazil’s Amazon, wire services reported.

The hydro project will be built on the Xingu River in the state of Para.

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Feasibility study, design sought for Tanzania’s Farkwa Dam

Tanzania’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare a feasibility study and detailed design for Farkwa Dam in Tanzania. Responses are due June 29.

Under Tanzania’s water sector development program, the ministry recently recruited consultants to prepare integrated water resources management and development plans for the Pangani River (HydroWorld 5/13/10), Lake Nyasa, Ruvuma River and Southern Coast, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Rukwa basins. (HydroWorld 5/4/10)

In the current solicitation, the ministry seeks consultants to prepare a feasibility study and detailed design for Farkwa Dam and a water conveyance system to Dodoma City in the Internal Drainage Basin.

Expressions of interest, labeled “Tender No. ME-011/2009-10/C/07 Expression of Interest for Preparation of Feasibility Study and Detailed Design for Farkwa Dam and Water Conveyance System to Dodoma City in the Internal Drainage Basin,” are due to the address below by 3:30 p.m. June 29.

For information, contact Secretary, Ministerial Tender Board, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, P.O. Box 9153, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Fax: (255) 22-2451825; E-mail: pmumow@gmail.com.  

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