Nile Basin Initiative seeks power trade consultants

The 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) requests expressions of interest from consultants for a series of tasks to implement a regional power trade project, including hydropower, that is linked to cooperative development of the basin’s river-related resources. Responses to six separate solicitations are all due April 11.

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 power trade project.

The organization issued separate requests for expressions of interest from consultants to:
o Review multi-purpose coordination regimes, including a review of case studies relevant to hydropower development and water resources management, and compile best practices;
o Review past power and water management studies basinwide to establish existence of pertinent data and harmonize the data for preparation of a comprehensive basinwide study;
o Review environmental impact assessment frameworks and procedures;
o Identify stakeholders and their specific interests, and draft a basinwide stakeholder participation plan in anticipation of stakeholder workshops to be held in each country;
o Review institutional arrangements of regional power trade organizations around the world, prepare reports comparing them, and develop a model for regional power trade at the Nile sub-basin and basin level; and
o Identify training needs for power trade project staff in member countries, regulatory agencies, and government ministries.

Expressions of interest and qualifications for any of the six solicitations are due April 11 to the address below. For information, contact Kamu Karekaho, Project Manager, Regional Power Trade Project, Ministry of Energy and Minerals Bldg., 5th Floor Annex, Samora Ave., P.O. Box 71101, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; E-mail: kkarekaho@nilebasin.org; Internet: www.nilebasin.org.

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