Nile Lakes states seek economic study of 61.5-MW Rusumo Falls hydro

Nile Equatorial Lakes states Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania invite expressions of interest from consultants to review feasibility studies of the proposed 61.5-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera River. Responses are due March 5, 2010.

The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) called for bids in late 2008 for construction of Rusumo Falls and a transmission system to connect the project with the three countries. NBI has been studying the feasibility of multi-purpose reservoirs in the Kagera River Basin. (HydroWorld 11/30/09) NELSAP also recruited consultants in 2009 to develop communications and anti-corruption strategies for Rusumo Falls. (HydroWorld 8/7/09)

Feasibility studies for the Rusumo Falls hydro project and transmission lines already are under way. NBI hired Norconsult and SWECO of Norway and Sweden to design the project at a cost of US$8.2 million.

In the current solicitation, NELSAP invites expressions of interest for consultant services to make comprehensive review of the economic and financial analyses of the previously commissioned feasibility studies. The consultant is to prepare a financial and economic report for the entire project to assess its overall viability. The consultant is to give an opinion as to possible weaknesses and ways to correct insufficiencies.

Expressions of interest, labeled “Review and Synthesis of the Financial and Economic Analysis of the Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Power Plant and Transmission Lines Studies,” are due by 4 p.m. March 5 to the address below. For information, contact Nile Basin Initiative/Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP), Project Manager Deogratias Mbesherubusa, Regional Rusumo Falls Project (RRFP), Boulevard de l’Umuganda, Kacyiru, i NYOTA House Second Floor, P.O. Box 6759, Kigali, Rwanda; (250) 78-8305195; Fax: (250) 252-580100; E-mail: nelcu@nilebasin.org, dmbesher@nilebasin.org; Internet: www.nilebasin.org/nelsap.

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