The Mali Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water has awarded a contract to perform a feasibility study of the 13.5-MW Markala hydroelectric project on the Niger River.
Utilizing a US$299,305 grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA), the ministry awarded a contract to Burgess &Niple Inc. of the United States to evaluate the viability of the project, proposed for an existing dam 50 kilometers north of Segou. (HNN 5/10/06)
The feasibility study is to refine assessments from earlier studies. The consultant is to finalize technical and financial design of Markala adequate to solicit bids for an engineering-procurement-construction contract. Work is to be completed by October 2007.
TDA estimated development of the project would cost US$36 million, including a potential for US$25 million in U.S. exports.