UPDATE – New deadline for grid inspection of DR Congo power system

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has set a new deadline for expressions of interest from consultants to perform a detailed inspection and diagnosis of 2,400 kilometers of transmission lines serving the hydropower-based Southern Africa Power Market Project (SAPMP). Responses now are due October 29.

The DRC reissued the invitation for expressions of interest with the new due date, extended from October 22. (HNN 10/9/08)

With World Bank financing of US$178 million, DRC’s utility, Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL), plans to procure equipment and services for work under the SAPMP program to deliver power from the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydro projects, which are to be rehabilitated and expanded on the Congo River. (HNN 4/30/08)

SNEL currently seeks a consultant to carry out a helicopter overflight inspection of:
o 2,000 kilometers of 500-kilovolt line and 8,526 pylons from the substation the Inga complex (HNN 9/23/08) to the city of Kolwezi; and
o 424 kilometers of 220-kV line and 2,189 pylons from the substation of the 248-MW Nseke (or Seke) project (HNN 12/21/07) to the city of Kasumbalesa.

The consultant is to establish technical specifications for transmission line work to be incorporated into a solicitation for bids to rehabilitate the grid system. The work is to require 20 weeks.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in French, are due by mail or e-mail to the address below by October 29. Responses must be labeled “AMI 183/SAPMP/BCECO/DG/DPM/HMS/2008 – Recrutement du Consultant charge du Diagnostic detaille des lignes existantes du corridor SAPMP (THTCC 500 kV d’Inga a Kolwezi et HTCA 220 kV de N’Seke a Kasumbalesa).”

For information, see the Bureau Central de Coordination Internet site below or contact BCECO, Bureau Central de Coordination, Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL), Directeur General Matata Ponyo Mapon, Ave. Colonel Mondjiba, No. 372, Concession UTEXAFRICA, Kinshasa/Ngaliema, Republique Democratique du Congo; (243) 99-9940301; E-mail: bceco@bceco.cd, dpm@bceco.cd, ugp_sapmp@yahoo.fr, jerink@fichtner.de, dpmbceco@yahoo.fr; Internet: www.bceco.cd.

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