Nile group seeks studies of Kagera reservoirs including hydro

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies of multi-purpose reservoirs, including hydropower, in the Kagera River Basin of Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Responses are due December 22, 2009.

NBI previously called for consultants to develop a Kagera River Basin Investment Strategy. It also plans later to seek a feasibility study of an agriculture development program and a study of an integrated watershed management program. (HydroWorld 11/16/09) In August, NBI’s Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) recruited consultants to develop communications and anti-corruption strategies for the proposed 61.5-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera. (HydroWorld 8/7/09)

NELSAP currently seeks consultants to develop a feasibility study of multi-purpose storage reservoirs including small hydropower development, water supply, and sanitation. Over ten months, the work is to include identification of priority sites for reservoir development as well as terms of reference for subsequent studies of selected sites.

Consultants are to have expertise in areas including water resources and reservoir development, hydropower engineering, irrigation engineering, financial and economic investment appraisal, and social and environmental assessments.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English, are due by 10 a.m. December 22 to the address below. Submissions are to be labeled “Expression of Interest for Feasibility Study for Multi-purpose Storage Reservoirs in the Kagera River Basin.” A short-list of firms will be invited to submit bids.

For information, contact Project Manager, Project Management Unit, Kagera River Basin Management Project, 2nd Floor, Inyota House (next to British Embassy), P.O. Box 7054, Kigali, Rwanda; (250) 252-580120; Fax: (250) 252-580099; E-mail: inabide@nilebasin.org, kagerapmu@nilebasin.org; Internet: www.nilebasin.org/nelsap.

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