Senegal River agency extends call for manager of 250-MW Manantali, 63-MW Felou

The multi-nation Senegal River management agency has extended the deadline for applications for pre-qualification to manage the 250-MW Manantali and 63-MW Felou hydroelectric projects in Mali and the related transmission system. Responses now are due December 20.

The Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Senegal (OMVS), which includes Senegal, Guinea, Mali, and Mauritania, previously called for responses by November 22. OMVS also extended the deadline for obtaining tender documents until November 8.

OMVS recruited consultants in 2009 to develop a master plan for a transmission grid system to interconnect proposed new hydroelectric projects.

The agency now seeks a private operator for implementing agency Societe de Gestion de l’Energie de Manantali (SOGEM) to manage Manantali Dam and its hydro project on the Bafing River in Mali and Felou, which is being built on the Senegal River in Mali. Also part of the management deal would be a dispatching center, transmission lines between Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal, and 12 substations. SOGEM plans to enter a 15-year contract with an option to renew.

It seeks an operator specializing in operation and maintenance of hydroelectric facilities, high-voltage networks, water management, and implementation support for commissioning of Felou.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained by mail, fax or e-mail from the address below until November 8 for 50,000 Central French Africa francs (US$106) by crossed bank check or convertible currency. The document request must be labeled “Demande d’envoi des documents de preselection pour le recrutement d’un Operateur independant des ouvrages de Manantali et de Felou.”

Applications for pre-qualification, an original and four copies, labeled “Dossier de preselection pour le Recrutement d’un Operateur Independant charge de l’exploitation et de l’entretien du barrage et des Ouvrages de production et de transport de l’energie de Manantali et de Felou,” are due by noon Greenwich Mean Time December 20 to the address below.

For information, contact Monsieur le Directeur, Societe de Gestion de l’Energie de Manantali (SOGEM), ACI 2000 – BP E-4015 – Bamako – Republique du Mali; (223) 20233286; Fax: (223) 20238350; E-mail:; Internet:

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