Nile Basin Initiative seeks consultants for hydro planning

The 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) requests expressions of interest from consultants to review and propose investment models for multi-purpose hydropower projects as part of NBI’s regional power trade project. Responses are due October 16.

Representing the nations of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, the NBI’s Shared Vision Program has received a World Bank grant to carry out the regional power trade project. (HNN 6/25/07)

The organization seeks a consultant to assist the NBI’s Project Management Unit and Project Technical Committee in conducting a review of private-public partnership models for financing and implementing hydropower and transmission line projects in Nile Basin countries.

The consultant is to propose innovative and practical investment models that will: result in overall reduction of project life-cycle costs; guarantee project sustainability; stimulate a shift from an emphasis on project profitability to regional benefits; and ensure that project benefits are shared equitably among stakeholders.

The work was described as a �small assignment� requiring a team of no more than three experts in multi-purpose power and water-related project activities.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due October 16 to the address below. For information, contact Regional Power Trade Project, Ministry of Energy and Minerals Bldg., 5th Floor Annex, Samora Ave., P.O. Box 71101, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; (255) 212-1131; Fax: (255) 212-1132; E-mail: rptinfo@nilebasin.org; Internet: www.nilebasin.org.

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