Studies seen for projects of 287 MW on Africa’s Ruzizi River

The European Commission (EC) plans to seek bids for preliminary studies of at least two hydroelectric projects totaling at least 287 MW on East Africa’s Ruzizi River.

The EC gave advance notice that it plans to seek bids in March 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 is to include 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 7/18/06)

Work is to include three 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
o Lot 3, study of development on the Ruzizi River at the outlet of Lake Kivu at the Cyangugu sill.

Maximum budget for the work is 3.15 million euros (US$4.1 million).

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