Madagascar seeks consultants for renewables plan including hydro

The government of Madagascar invites expressions of interest from consultants to study electrification of rural areas through development of renewable energy including hydropower. Responses are due February 28.

The government has applied for a credit from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) for an integrated growth project, Projet Poles Integres de Croissance, that includes the rural electrification program.

With a previous US$10 million IDA credit, Madagascar sought rehabilitation of existing hydroelectric projects, as well as consultants to advise on power and water sector reform. In 2007, the Ministere de l’Energie recruited engineers to study potential hydroelectric sites of between 90 and 300 MW and consultants for power sector restructuring that included rehabilitation of existing hydropower and development of new hydro projects.

In the current solicitation, Projet Poles Integres de Croissance invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a pre-feasibility study of electrification of 10 rural locations in the Diana and Atsimo-Andrefana regions of the African island nation. Work is to require two months.

The government noted several potential hydropower sites in the area, including 79-kW Anivorano Nord, 44-kW Mahavanona, 600-kW Behompy, and another site in Ankililaoka.

Terms of reference may be obtained from the Projet Poles Integres de Croissance Internet site, www.pic.mg.

Expressions of interest are due by mail or e-mail by 4 p.m. February 28, labeled “Appel a Manifestation d’Interet pour l’Etude sur l’approvisionnement en electricite d’origine renouvelable pour des localites rurales des regions Diana et Atsimo-Andrefana.”

For information, contact: Projet PIC, 2eme etage — Maison de La Reunion — Isoraka, 101 Antananarivo, Madagascar; (261) 2022-36777; E-mail: pic@moov.mg.

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