Pre-qualification invited for 287 MW of hydro on Africa’s Ruzizi River

The European Commission (EC) invites applications for pre-qualification to perform preliminary studies of at least two hydroelectric projects totaling at least 287 MW on East Africa’s Ruzizi River. Responses are due June 6.

The EC seeks contractors under terms of the Cotonou Agreement providing for development assistance to African nations. The current work is to be located in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda.

The solicitation seeks preliminary studies on development of hydroelectric potential of the Ruzizi River as well as development of community energy activities of the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL). (HNN 3/5/07)

Work is to include two lots:
o Lot 1, feasibility study, detailed draft project, and invitation to tender dossiers for development of the 82-MW Ruzizi 3 hydroelectric project at the RD site on the Ruzizi River;
o Lot 2, pre-feasibility study of development of a 205-MW hydroelectric plant on the Sisi site and study of development on the Ruzizi River at the outlet of Lake Kivu at the Cyangugu sill.

Maximum budget for the work is 2.25 million euros (US$3 million) for Lot 1 and 840,000 euros (US$1.1 million) for Lot 2. Bidders may compete for one or both lots. Work would begin in November, taking 24 months for Lot 1 and 12 months for Lot 2.

A strategic assessment of the Nile Equatorial Lakes Region this month recommended the immediate development of six hydroelectric projects, including Ruzizi 3. (HNN 4/23/07)

Applications must be submitted in French using a standard application form available on the Internet at A short-list of four to eight firms is to be invited to bid in July.

Applications must be delivered by hand, courier service, or registered post to the address below by 4 p.m. Kigali time June 6. Applications must be labeled with the contract title, �EDF � Preliminary studies on development of the Ruzizi III community hydroelectric site on the Ruzizi River and development of CEPGL’s (Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries) energy activities,� and the publication reference EuropeAid/125146/C/SER/REG.

For information, contact Delegation de la Commission Europeenne au Rwanda, 1807, Boulevard de l’Umuganda, BP 515, Kigali, Rwanda; (250) 58-5738; Fax: (250) 58-5734. Tender information is available on the European Union Internet site,, under English, Normal Search, by inserting the publication reference above in the Full Text window.

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