Senegal River agency seeks bidders to build 59-MW Felou

The three-nation Senegal River development organization invites applications for pre-qualification to build the 59-MW Felou hydroelectric project on the Senegal River in Mali. Responses are due May 31.

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.

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, which includes the nations of Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal.

Based on a 2003 feasibility study, Felou is to have three bulb 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.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained by written request, in French, for 200,000 Central French Africa francs (US$379) by certified check to OMVS. The document will be sent by courier.

Applications for pre-qualification are due to the address below by May 31. For information, contact Monsieur le Haut Commissaire, Haut Commissariat de l’OMVS, 46 rue Carnot, BP 3152 Dakar, Senegal; (221) 822-0668; Fax: (221) 822-0163; E-mail:

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