Tanzania reshuffles consultant tendering for 358-MW Ruhudji

The Tanzania Ministry of Energy and Minerals has revised its solicitation for consultants to assist procurement to build the 358-MW Ruhudji hydroelectric project.

In a first phase of tendering, the ministry invited expressions of interest in August 2007 from consultants to help draft procurement documents for Ruhudji, on Tanzania’s Ruhudji River. (HNN 8/6/07)

However, an engineer for the ministry, Juma F. Mkobya, said first phase procurement was delayed and the World Bank made available funding for a second phase of tendering. Mkobya said the bank advised the ministry to combine Phase 1 tendering with a solicitation for Phase 2, which includes legal support for finalization of a concession agreement, review of construction contracts, and mobilization of finance.

As a result, Mkobya said the ministry �started afresh� the process by inviting all firms that had shown interest in Phase 1 to confirm their ability to perform both phases. He said the government is in the evaluation and short-listing process in order to invite technical and financial proposals. A contract award is expected by July.

The Ruhudji project is expected to cost US$700 million to US$800 million, with financial closure expected in three years. On completion, it is expected to generate 2,000 GWh per year.

Consultants are sought to advise the ministry and utility Tanzania Electric Supply Co. Ltd. (TANESCO) to develop, review, and negotiate key project documents such as the project development agreement, terms of the concession agreement, and the power purchase agreement for Ruhudji.

For information, contact Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Attn: E.S. Assey, Secretary to the Tender Board, Samora Ave., P.O. Box 2000, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; (255) 22-134955; Fax: (255) 22-120799; E-mail: uisso@mem.go.tz.

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