U.S. seeks consultant to study East Africa power, including hydro

The United States Trade and Development Agency (TDA) seeks consultants to study funding opportunities for energy projects, including hydropower, in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Responses are due June 22, 2009.

TDA seeks U.S.-based consultants to carry out the definitional mission for an estimated cost of US$65,000. The study is to focus on clean energy priority projects previously discussed with officials of the three countries.

Areas of potential cooperation include hydropower, described as mainly medium and small scale, plus solar, biomass, biofuels, rural electrification, and methane-to-energy projects. However, the TDA scope of work said large-scale hydropower projects also are suited for areas of the heavily rural countries that are already connected to or are near existing transmission grids.

TDA seeks a contractor to assess whether the agency should provide funding for studies, technical assistance, and other activities involving such energy projects. The contractor is to develop proposals for at least one project in each of the three countries and a total of four such proposals for TDA funding consideration.

Solicitation documents may be obtained from the U.S. government’s Federal Business Opportunities Internet site under https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=cae5893024418982a23b9b5fd720fc04&tab=core&_cview=0.

Expressions of interest are due by noon EDT June 22 by e-mail to contract@ustda.gov. Bidders must register in the U.S. Central Contractor Registration on the Internet at www.ccr.gov.

For information, contact Tyrone Johnson, Contracts Specialist, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Contracts Office, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 USA; (1) 703-875-4357; E-mail: tjohnson@ustda.gov.

The Nile Basin Initiative Regional Power Trade Project invited expressions of interest in May from consultants to prepare a basin-wide study of power development options and trade opportunities including hydroelectric projects. (HydroWorld 3/17/09) That region includes Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and eight other countries.

Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are advancing plans for the 61.5-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera in Tanzania. (HydroWorld 10/20/08) In 2007, a strategic assessment of the Nile Equatorial Lakes Region recommended immediate development of six hydro projects, including Rusumo Falls and 53-MW Kakono project, also on the Kagera in Tanzania. (HydroWorld 4/23/07)

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