Zambia venture pre-qualifies builders for 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi

Itezhi Tezhi Power Corp. Ltd. invites applications for pre-qualification for civil construction and hydro-mechanical equipment for the 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydroelectric project on the Kafue River. Responses are due March 11.

Government-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. (ZESCO) and a subsidiary of India’s Tata Group, South Africa-based Tata Africa Holdings (PTY), signed a cooperation agreement in 2007 to form Itezhi Tezhi Power Corp. to build the US$150 million power station. (HNN 10/1/07) The joint venture partners plan to finance the project and to seek loans from financial institutions.

The hydro project is to be built at the existing Itezhi-Tezhi Dam, a storage reservoir for 900-MW Kafue Gorge, 230 kilometers downstream. The project is to include two 60-MW turbine-generators; intake structure with screens, trashrack, and gates; two penstocks and screens; powerhouse with control room, relay room, station services, and battery room; substation and switchyard; auxiliary equipment and balance of plant; and design and construction of civil works.

Pre-qualification is invited for complete civil, structural, and architectural works and for hydro-mechanical works on an engineering-procurement-construction basis. The contract is to include construction of a headrace tunnel, surge shaft, pressure tunnel, powerhouse, tailrace channel, and substation. Hydro-mechanical works are to include trashracks and cleaning mechanism, draft tube gates, pressure tunnel steel liner, and repair of existing stoplogs, intake gates, and radial gates at Itezhi-Tezhi Dam.

Pre-qualification documents in English may be obtained through February 29 from the address below for a fee of US$100, plus postal delivery fee of US$30, by banker’s check to Itezhi Tezhi Power Corp. Ltd. at Lusaka. Applications for pre-qualification are due by 4 p.m. March 11.

For information, contact Project Director, Itezhi Tezhi Power Corp. Ltd., (ITPC � A Tata Africa Holdings Ltd. and ZESCO Joint Venture), c/o ZESCO Ltd., Stand No. 6949, Great East Road, P.O. Box 33304, Lusaka 10101 Zambia; (260) 211-363511; Fax: (260) 211-223970; E-mail: zescolimited@zesco.zm.

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