Guinea revives call for study, design of 90-MW Fomi hydro project

Guinea’s rural engineering directorate invites expressions of interest to update a feasibility study and to perform design and tender preparation for construction of the 90-MW Fomi hydroelectric project in the upper Niger River Basin. Responses are due October 23.

The solicitation revives a previous call, made under the auspices of the Niger Basin authority, Autorite du Bassin du Niger (ABN), in 2011 and 2008. The World Bank’s International Development Association approved a grant to the government of Guinea, which previously allotted it to ABN, which includes Guinea, Benin, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria, for a program of water resources development and durable management of ecosystems in the Niger River Basin.

Fomi is to be built on the Niandan River at the city of Fomi, with an installed capacity of 90 MW producing 402 GWh annually. Previous studies had estimated the project could be as large as 190 MW. The project’s 42-meter-tall embankment dam would create a reservoir of 507 square kilometers providing irrigation to 80,000 hectares of farmland in Guinea and Mali. The project also would include 800 kilometers of transmission lines.

The national directorate of rural engineering, Direction Nationale de Genie Rural (DNGR), seeks consultants to update feasibility studies; perform detailed engineering for construction of the dam and associated works; and prepare terms of reference for bid documents. The work is expected to require 17 months.

Expressions of interest and qualifications in an original and two copies are due by 10 a.m. October 23 to DNGR. For information, contact:

  • Direction Nationale de Genie Rural sise a Matoto, BP: 65, Conakry, Guinea; (224) 66438-7838; E-mail: dngenierural@yahoo.fr, ousmanebangoura22@yahoo.fr;
  • Direction Generale du Projet d’Amenagement du Barrage de Fomi, BP: 4286, Conakry, Guinea; (224) 3045-5867.

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