Uganda seeks consultant for small hydro feasibility, implementation

Uganda's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) seeks proposals from consultants to perform feasibility studies and assist with implementation of small hydropower projects. Responses are due January 21, 2008.

With support of the German government through development bank Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW), Uganda is beginning a program to promote investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The program is to provide funds for financing of investments in projects selected by MEMD from proposals of public or private investors. Financing of specific projects will be based on feasibility studies.

The scope of work of the current solicitation includes Phase 1 feasibility studies for two pre-qualified projects and Phase 2 assistance to project operators during implementation of the projects. The tender dossier for Phase 1 may be obtained from the address below, while terms of reference for Phase 2 are to be made available once Phase 1 is complete and a financing decision is made.

The two pre-qualified projects are:
o Rehabilitation of the 1-MW Maziba hydroelectric project in southwestern Uganda, and;
o Grid extension and investigation of possible new sites for small hydropower stations in the isolated grid network of the West Nile Region.

Due to the open character of the program, MEMD said additional projects might be pre-qualified. If so, additional feasibility studies would be necessary and might be added to the scope of work of the current solicitation.

MEMD said bidders are to submit, in three separate envelopes, information about the bidder for pre-selection, a technical proposal for Phase 1, and a financial proposal for Phase 1, all enclosed in a fourth envelope. The pre-selection will be valid for both phases of the tender.

Once feasibility studies are complete and a decision to finance has been made, the pre-selected consultants will be invited to submit technical and financial proposals for the Phase 2 implementation assistance.

Bidding documents may be obtained by written application to the address below. Bids are due by 11 a.m. January 21, 2008.

For information, contact Permanent Secretary F.A. Kaliisa-Kabagambe, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, c/o Head of Procurement and Disposal Unit, First Floor Room B102, Amber House, Plot 29/33, P.O. Box 7270, Kampala, Uganda; (256) 41-4234733; Fax: (256) 41-4234732; E-mail: kyaligonza@energy.go.ug.

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