Senegal River agency again seeks builders for 59-MW Felou

The three-nation Senegal River development organization has reopened applications for pre-qualification to build the 59-MW Felou hydroelectric project on the Senegal River in Mali. Responses are due January 22.

The Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Senegal (OMVS) seeks a builder to be in charge of study, construction, start-up, and on-site assistance to OMVS during the project’s guarantee period.

The European Investment Bank approved 11 million euros (US$13.9 million) in funding for Felou in November. (HNN 11/30/06) The World Bank previously approved US$75 million in credits to OMVS members Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal to help finance construction of Felou.

Felou is to have three bulb or Kaplan turbines designed for a flow of 500 cubic meters per second and a head of 14.8 meters. It is to include a 630-meter diversion channel on the left bank of the river and a three-kilometer, 225-kilovolt transmission line to Kayes station.

OMVS recently awarded a US$524,767 contract to Electricite de France to provide technical assistance for the first phase of Felou, one of several hydro projects planned for the Senegal River by OMVS.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained by written request, in French, for 200,000 Central French Africa francs or 300 euros (US$397) by certified check to OMVS. The document will be sent by mail. Firms that requested pre-qualification last May will be mailed new documents without being required to pay the fee. (HNN 4/25/06)

Applications for pre-qualification, labeled �Candidature de pre-qualification pour le projet hydroeletrique de FELOU,� are due to the address below by January 22. For information, contact Monsieur le Haut Commissaire, Haut Commissariat de l’OMVS, 46 rue Carnot, BP 3152 Dakar, Senegal; (221) 823-4530; Fax: (221) 822-0163; E-mail: omvssphc@omvs.org.

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