Madagascar seeks consultants to study hydroelectric sites

Madagascar’s Ministere de l’Energie invites expressions of interest from consulting engineers to help study potential hydroelectric sites of between 90 and 300 MW. Responses are due September 7.

The World Bank’s International Development Association has approved a US$10 million credit to help rebuild the ailing utility, Jiro Sy Rano Malagasy (Jirama). Under the program, the government has called for rehabilitation work at existing hydroelectric projects, as well as consultants to advise on power and water sector reform. (HNN 3/2/07)

In the current solicitation, the energy ministry seeks consulting engineers to help it study hydroelectric sites in order to reinforce and extend Madagascar’s interconnected electricity network.

A World Bank official last year indicated the bank is studying the possibility of a credit guarantee system to attract investors into new hydro projects. Jirama says there is potential to generate 7,000 MW, compared to 120 MW of existing hydropower.

The ministry said the services sought would be performed in two phases. In Phase 1, comparative studies would be made of prospective projects of between 90 and 300 MW to serve the interconnected networks of Antananarivo, Toamasina, and Fianarantsoa. It listed prospective projects Antafofo, Antetezambato, Lohavanana, Mahavola, Sahofika, and 60-MW Volube Amont.

Phase 2 would include a pre-feasibility study of a site selected in Phase 1 for the best technical, economic, and financial conditions.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by 5 p.m. September 7 to the address below. For information, contact Direction Generale de l’Energie, Ministere de l’Energie, ex-Immeuble DAIEC � Ambohijatovo Ambony, 101 Antananarivo, Madagascar; (261) 2-02477342; Fax: (261) 2-02474116; E-mail: rrodolphe@wanadoo.mg.

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