Niger Basin agency seeks financing aid, dam management, studies of 90-MW Fomi hydro project

The Niger Basin Authority invites expressions of interest from consultants to assist agency financing and dam management and to study development of the 90-MW Fomi hydroelectric project in the upper Niger River Basin. Responses are due July 7.

The Autorite du Bassin du Niger (ABN), which includes Benin, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria, named Coyne et Bellier/Tractebel Engineering in 2011 to study coordinated management of dams in the Niger River Basin.

In 2013, Guinea’s rural engineering directorate recruited firms for a feasibility study and to perform design and tender preparation for construction of Fomi on the Niandan River in Guinea. The European Investment Bank and other institutions pledged last year to finance increased capacity at four Guinea hydropower plants from 75 MW to 122 MW.

ABN now seeks consultants to provide technical assistance for sustainable financing of ABN, implementation of dam management regulations in the basin, and monitoring and decision making for the multi-purpose Fomi project. The work is expected to last four years.

The assistance in sustainable financing of ABN is to help the agency develop a mechanism for financing its activities through a levy linked to hydropower. Implementation of dam management regulations is to finalize and implement Annex 2 of the Niger Basin water charter relating to coordinated management of dams in the basin.

Support for monitoring and decision making about Fomi includes studies to determine the feasibility, configuration and institutional and financial arrangements for the multi-purpose hydro project. It also includes support for the decision-making process and establishment of effective conditions of feasibility.

Expressions of interest are due to the address below by 5 p.m. July 7 under the reference number No. 01/2015/ABN/PGBFN.

For information, contact Secretariat Executif, Autorite du Bassin du Niger (ABN), B.P. 729, Niamey, Niger; (227) 20-3056; Fax: (227) 20-724208; E-mail: secretariat.abn@gmail.com, abdou.guero@gmail.com, doffouhilaire@yahoo.fr; Internet: www.abn.ne.

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