Nile Lakes states seek project prep consultant for 61.5-MW Rusumo Falls

Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite expressions of interest from consultants to serve as project manager for the preparation phase of the 61.5-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera River. Responses are due May 27.

The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) recruited consultants in March to review feasibility studies of the proposed project. (HydroWorld 2/25/10) NELSAP states now include Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

NELSAP called for bids in late 2008 for construction of Rusumo Falls, of 60 to 80 MW, and a transmission system to connect the project with Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania. NBI hired Norconsult and SWECO of Norway and Sweden to design the project.

NELSAP currently invites expressions of interest from NELSAP country applicants to serve as project manager for the preparation phase of the project. The project manager is to manage all technical aspects of project preparation, including management of ongoing feasibility studies, environmental and social impact assessments, and other consultancies related to the power plant and transmission lines. Other duties include recruitment and supervision of project staff and consultants, and management of the financing package.

Qualifications include strong practical experience in management of hydroelectric projects, transmission lines, projects funded by development institutions, or multi-national projects.

Expressions of interest are due by 5 p.m. Rwanda time May 27 by mail or e-mail to the address below. For information, contact Nile Basin Initiative/Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP), Inyota House, Plot 1957 Boulevard de l’Umuganda, Kacyiru, P.O. Box 6759, Kigali, Rwanda; (250) 78-8307334; Fax: (250) 252-580100; E-mail:,; Internet:

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