Guinea renews call for social-environmental assessment of 75-MW Garafiri hydro project, thermal plant

Guinea state-owned utility Electricite de Guinee (EDG) has renewed its invitation for expressions of interest from consultants to perform a social and environmental assessment of the 75-MW Garafiri hydroelectric project and the 140.5-MW Tombo thermal power plant. Responses are due May 16.

EDG originally issued the solicitation last year, seeking responses in August.

The World Bank’s International Development Association awarded a grant in 2012 to Guinea’s electricity sector efficiency improvement program, Projet d’Amelioration de l’Efficacite du Secteur de l’Electricite (PAESE), which includes funding for the studies. The PAESE program seeks to improve Guinea’s generating facilities including hydroelectric production equipment for Garafiri, which was built in 1999.

EDG took bids in 2013 for spare parts to the water intake, turbine-generators, substation, and transformers at Garafiri on Guinea’s Konkoure River.

The utility now seeks consultants to perform an environmental and social audit of Garafiri and the fuel-oil-fired Tombo plant. In 65 person-days, consultants are to examine likely effects of the plants, including waste, atmospheric emissions, hazardous products, sound emission, fire risks, evacuation plans, environmental and social impacts, and mitigation.

Additional information may be obtained from the address below until May 2. Expressions of interest and qualifications, labeled AMI 001/PAESE/2014, are due to the address below by 10 a.m. May 16.

For information, contact Projet d’Amelioration de l’Efficacite du Secteur de l’Electricite (PAESE), Electricite de Guinee, Attn.: Abdoul Rachid, Chef de Projet, 2e etage, Bureau No 6, Cite Chemin de Fer, B.P. 1463, Conakry, Republique de Guinee; (224) 622-089780; E-mail: abdoulrachid@hotmail.com.

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