Studies sought for six Tanzania small hydro projects

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania 3/30/12 (PennWell) — Global Village Energy Partnership International (GVEP) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies of six mini-hydropower projects in Tanzania. Responses are due April 10.

GVEP, a consultant to the World Bank, is a charity devoted to finding market-based solutions to energy poverty in developing countries. It works to build the capacity of small and medium enterprises (SME) in Sub-Sahara Africa under the ESME Pre-Investment Technical Support program.

In Tanzania, GVEP is supporting six mini-hydropower projects totaling 7.5 MW in the Mbeya, Iringa, Ruvuma, Arusha, and Kigoma regions. All have undertaken pre-feasibility studies, although some are further ahead than others in terms of quality and quantity of data gathered and in steps to advance the projects.

In a separate program, the Tanzania Energy Development and Access Expansion Project (TEDAP), Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency recruited consultants in January to perform pre-feasibility studies of the 140-kW Zigi and 200-kW Kwabululu hydro projects.

GVEP currently seeks expressions of interest from firms to conduct feasibility studies for one or more of the six mini-hydros. Work is to include site inspection, technical surveys, power capacity assessment, and project design. GVEP is to perform cost analyses.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by e-mail, by 11:59 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time plus 3, April 10, to the address below. Include “EOI ESIAs” in the subject line. A short-list of candidates is to be compiled.

For information, contact Africa Regional Manager, GVEP International, Africa Regional Office, Kiganjo House, Rose Ave., P.O. Box 76580-00508, Nairobi, Kenya; (254) 20-2714164; E-mail: east.africa@gvepinternational.org; Internet: www.gvepinternational.org.

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