Senegal management program includes studies of five hydros

The multi-nation Senegal River management agency plans to procure equipment and services for a Senegal River Basin integrated management program that includes feasibility studies of five multipurpose hydroelectric projects.

A credit of US$110 million has been requested from the World Bank’s International Development Association by the river management agency, Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Senegal (OMVS), which includes Senegal, Guinea, Mali, and Mauritania.

OMVS recently recruited consultants to perform mapping of the Senegal River Basin, noting features including sites of future hydraulic works. (HNN 6/18/07)

The program of integrated management of water resources and multiple uses of the Senegal basin includes three components, regional development of water resource management activity, local development of multipurpose water activities, and master planning of development of the basin. (HNN 8/18/06)

The third component includes pre-investment support for the 95-MW Gouina hydroelectric project in Mali. That is to include preparation of environmental management and resettlement plans, and bidding documents to select a build-operate-transfer contractor.

The third component also includes pre-investment support for four other multipurpose hydro projects, Gourbassi on Mali’s Faleme River, and Balassa, Boureya, and Koukoutamba (also spelled Kuku Tamba), all upstream of 250-MW Manantali Dam in Guinea. (HNN 7/3/06) That is to include preparation of comprehensive feasibility studies, an options assessment, and a strategic regional environmental assessment for future deployment of the facilities.

Prospective bidders who want to be included on a mailing list for tender solicitations are invited to contact the address below.

For information, contact Haut Commissariat de l’OMVS, 46 Rue Carnot, BP 3152, Dakar, Senegal; (221) 823-4530; Fax: (221) 822-0163; E-mail: omvssphc@omvs.org; Internet: www.omvs.org, www.omvs-soe.org.

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