Nile Basin Initiative names more power trade consultants

The 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) has named Canada-based consortia to help implement a regional power trade project, including hydropower, to advance cooperative development of basin resources.

NBI awarded a US$300,790 contract to SNC-Lavalin International of Canada, in association with ISL Consulting Engineers of France and Vincent Roquet et Associes Inc. of Canada to review past power and water management studies, basin-wide, to establish existence of pertinent data and harmonize the data. (HNN 3/16/06)

The consultants are to use the information to prepare terms of reference for solicitation of a comprehensive basin-wide study. Two groups bid for the work.

NBI also awarded a US$229,691 contract to Tecsult International Ltd. in association with Hydrosult Inc., both of Canada, to review environmental impact assessment frameworks and procedures on power projects in the basin. The consultants are to suggest a mechanism for harmonizing various policies, acknowledging that NBI is working to develop regional power markets in the basin. The group was chosen from among four bidders.

NBI previously awarded a US$496,375 contract to Mercados Energeticos of Spain in association with Nord Pool Consulting of Norway and CEEST of Tanzania to review institutional arrangements of regional power trade organizations around the world and prepare reports comparing them. (HNN 5/17/07)

Representing the nations of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, the NBI’s Shared Vision Program received a World Bank grant to carry out the power trade project.

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