Nile Lakes states seek water quality, ecological studies for 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydro project

Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite expressions of interest from consultants to perform water quality baseline studies and ecological baseline studies for the proposed 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera River. Responses to separate solicitations are due January 26.

The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP), a unit of the Nile Basin Initiative, recruited consultants in January to perform fish studies for the Rusumo Falls project, which will be located on the border of Rwanda and Tanzania and feature transmission lines interconnecting those countries and Burundi. Rusumo Power Co. Ltd., a hydro development company established by Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania, recruited a managing director for the project last year.

In the first of two solicitations, NELSAP now invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a water quality baseline survey at Rusumo Falls to provide baseline information to be compared to subsequent water quality monitoring during construction and operation of the hydropower project. The work is to be performed over 12 months beginning in March.

In a second solicitation, NELSAP invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform an ecological baseline study of the spray zone area at Rusumo Falls to determine the presence of any vegetal or animal species whose uniqueness and survival is dependent on the water spray. The consultant is to be an ecologist with at least a master’s degree in zoology and 10 years’ experience in river or wetland ecology.

Expressions of interest to both solicitations are due by January 26 to the address below. For information, contact Project Manager John Lee Pattinson, NELSAP’s Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project, 4th Floor, Kigali City Tower, Plot 6418, Boulevard du Commerce, P.O. Box 6759, Kigali, Rwanda; (250) 788305195; E-mail:,,; Internet:


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