Gambia River agency seeks technical assistance for hydro-based energy project

The Gambia River development agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide technical assistance for implementation of its hydropower-based energy project. Responses are due August 4.

Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Gambie (OMVG), which includes Guinea, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and Gambia, recruited technical-legal and environmental management consultants last year to advance development of the energy project, which includes the 128-MW Sambangalou hydroelectric project in Senegal on the Gambia River catchment, the 240-MW Kaleta project in Guinea on the Konkoure River, and 1,677 kilometers of transmission lines in Africa’s Gambia River Basin.

OMVG courted private sector partners in 2009 to develop the hydro projects and grid interconnection. The energy project is funded by eight international lending organizations.

OMVG now invites expressions of interest for technical and administrative assistance including coordination, planning and execution of project components; monitoring, evaluation and control activities; administrative, financial and accounting work; award of certain contracts; and training and knowledge transfer. The work is expected to require 56 months.

Expressions of interest in French (an original and seven hard copies and seven CD-ROM copies) and an English translation (an original and three hard copies and three CD-ROM copies) are due to the address below by 10 a.m. August 4, labeled “Selection de Consultants pour une Mission d’Assistance Technique a la Maitrise d’Ouvrage a l’OMVG pour la Realisation de Son Projet Energie.”

Tenders seen for 93-MW Digan, 82-MW Fello Sounga, 20-MW Saltinho

The OMVG energy project also is to include eventual hiring of consultants for pre-investment studies of a second generation of hydroelectric projects, 93-MW Digan on the Gambia River, 82-MW Fello Sounga on the Tomine River and 20-MW Saltinho on the Koliba-Corubal River. That work is to include feasibility studies, detailed design, preparation of tender documents and social-environmental studies, and technical assistance.

Prospective bidders may obtain further information and express their interest in that work at the address below.

For information, contact Justino Vieira, Secretaire Executif, Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Gambie (OMVG), Rue Leblanc, Avenue Nelson Mandela, BP 2353, Dakar, Senegal; (221) 338895101; Fax: (221) 338225926; E-mail: omvg@omvg.sn.

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