Mozambique seeks strategic plan for Lurio Basin development project

Mozambique’s national water directorate invites expressions of interest from consultants to draft a strategic basin plan for a development project in the Lurio River Basin, site of at least two proposed hydroelectric projects. Responses are due February 26.

National utility Electricidade de Mozambique awarded a contract in 2006 to Black & Veatch International of the United States to study developing hydropower projects on the Lurio River including 120-MW Quedas and 60-MW Ocua, with the possible substitution of a comparable Lurio 1 project for the Ocua site. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which funded that study, said it was completed in 2008.

With funding from the World Bank’s International Development Agency, Direccao Nacional de Aguas now invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare a strategic basin plan for utilization and development of the Lurio Basin. Work is to include preparation of a basin monograph, optional utilization and development scenarios, an integrated water resources management strategy, and an investment plan for development.

Expressions of interest are due by 2 p.m. February 26. For information, contact Direccao Nacional de Aguas (DNA), Departamento de Recursos Hidricos (DRH), Rua da Imprensa, 162, First Floor, Maputo, Mozambique; (258) 213-02129; Fax: (258) 213-02130; E-mail: pndrh1@dnaguas/gov.mz.

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