Nile group seeks Sio-Malaba-Malakisi Basin studies including hydro

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare feasibility studies and an investment project for the Sio-Malaba-Malakisi River Basin of Kenya and Uganda. Responses are due March 19.

With funding from the World Bank’s Nile Basin Trust Fund, NBI plans to implement the Sio-Malaba-Malakisi Transboundary Integrated Water Resources Management and Development Project, the Mara Transboundary Integrated Water Resources and Development Project, and the Kagera Transboundary Integrated Water Resources Management Project.

NBI, under the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP), called for consultants in 2009 to prepare feasibility studies and investment proposals for the Sio-Malaba-Malakisi River Basin and the Mara River Basin of Kenya and Tanzania. (HydroWorld 12/3/09) NELSAP also recruited consultants to perform a feasibility study of an integrated water resources management program for the Kagera River Basin of Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. (HydroWorld 12/9/09)

The current solicitation seeks feasibility studies for a Regional Water Infrastructure Project in the Sio-Malaba-Malakisi catchments. It envisages preparation of an investment project through feasibility studies for multi-purpose regional water storage infrastructure for flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, irrigation, fish and wildlife, and recreation.

The work, which is expected to take 12 months beginning in September, also is to include preparation of a project specific environmental and social management framework.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, four copies in English, labeled “Expression of Interest for Feasibility Studies for a Sio-Malaba-Malakisi Regional Water Infrastructure Program” are due by 10 a.m. March 19.

For information, contact Project Manager, Sio-Malaba-Malakisi River Basin Management Project, Project Management Unit, P.O. Box 2571, Kakamega, Kenya; (254) 56-32029; Fax: (254) 56-32003; E-mail: mbadaza@nilebasin.org, sio-pmu@nilebasin.org.

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