Zambia electricity access program to include small hydro

The government of Zambia plans to seek works, equipment, and consulting services for an electricity access program that includes mini-power grid systems to be powered by small hydroelectric projects.

The government has requested US$33 million in financing from the World Bank’s International Development Association and its Global Environment Facility for a program of increased access to electricity services. (HNN 4/12/06)

The program is to include: grid reinforcement; intensification of distribution; energy efficiency and demand-side management; grid extension and isolated grids, including construction of mini-power grid systems powered by small hydro and biomass systems; and technical assistance.

The government said among consultant services, it will seek preparation of two or three mini-hydro priority rural electrification projects under Zambia’s Rural Electrification Authority. Among construction works sought would be the mini-hydro grid subprojects.

Consultants and prospective suppliers who wish to be on a mailing list for invitations to bid may contact the addresses below.

For information on activities under national utility ZESCO Ltd., contact: Director-Engineering Development ZESCO, Chrispin Mulenga � Senior Management procurement, Stand No. 6949, Great East Road, P.O. Box 33304, Lusaka 10101 Zambia; (260) 211-362314; Fax: (260) 211-223971; E-mail: cmulenga@zesco.co.zm; Internet: www.zesco.co.zm.

For information on activities under the Rural Electrification Authority, contact: Chief Executive Officer, G.J. Simbeya – Senior Manager Planning and Projects, Plot No. 1613, Sheki Sheki Road, Post Net Box 349, Private Bag E891, Lusaka 10101 Zambia; (260) 211-241296; Fax: (260) 211-241301; E-mail: wserenje@rea.org.zm, fmushimbwa@rea.org.zm; Internet: www.rea.org.zm.

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