Power pool seeks study update of 515-MW Souapiti hydro project in Guinea

The West African Power Pool (WAPP) invites expressions of interest from consultants to update a feasibility study and determine the best technical option for developing the 515-MW Souapiti hydroelectric project in Guinea. Responses are due March 17.

WAPP plans to utilize funding from the World Bank’s International Development Association to determine the best technical option for implementing Souapiti under a public-private partnership. The World Bank recruited consultants in October to help Guinea’s Ministry of Energy advance private hydro development.

State-owned utility Electricite de Guinee had called for consultants in 2011 to perform an environmental and social impact assessment of Souapiti, then estimated to be 750 MW. China’s Export-Import Bank had agreed in 2007 to fund construction of the project.

WAPP said the regional context has changed since studies of Souapiti were performed dating back to 1999. The agency said it is necessary to update a project feasibility study to determine the best option for developing it as a public-private partnership. The result of the new study is to be a bankable feasibility study and technical guidelines.

WAPP seeks a consultant to perform a financial analysis and produce an independent technical report for project implementation. The work is to be completed in 36 weeks.

Expressions of interests are to be submitted in French, in three paper copies and one electronic copy labeled “A ne pas ouvrir. Manifestation d’Interet pour la determination de la meilleure option technique pour la mise en oeuvre du projet Souapiti dans le cadre d’un Partenariat Public Prive.”

Responses are due by noon March 17 to Secretariat General du Systeme d’Echanges d’Energie Electrique Ouest Africain, Zones des Ambassades, PK-6, 06 BP 2907 – Cotonou, Benin.

For information, contact Secretaire General Amadou Diallo, Systeme d’Echanges d’Energie Electrique Ouest Africain (EEEOA/WAPP), 06 BP 2907 – Cotonou, Benin; (229) 21374195; Fax: (229) 21377143; E-mail: info@ecowapp.org.

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