Zambia venture seeks EPC bids for 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi

Itezhi Tezhi Power Corp. (ITPC) seeks bids to build the 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydroelectric project on Zambia’s Kafue River under an engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) contract. Bids are due March 20.

ITPC, a joint venture of Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. and Tata Africa Holdings (Pty) of South Africa, announced last year it planned to reopen bidding for Itezhi-Tezhi as a single EPC contract. (HNN 8/14/08) It previously took separate bids for civil construction and hydro-mechanical equipment.

For the current solicitation, all work is to be combined into a single EPC contract. The hydro project is to be built at the existing Itezhi-Tezhi Dam, a storage reservoir for 900-MW Kafue Gorge, 230 kilometers downstream.

Work is to include two 60-MW vertical Kaplan 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.

Bidding documents in English may be obtained from the address below for US$250 in cash or bank certified check. Bids are due by 2:30 p.m. March 20.

For information, contact Project Director Robert Nsamba, Itezhi Tezhi Power Corp. Ltd., Plot 1244, Kalembwe Close, Off Great East Road, Rhodespark, Lusaka, Zambia; (260) 211-250270; Fax: (260) 211-256663; E-mail: itpc@iconnect.zm.

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