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UPDATE - Tanzania calls for engineering bids including 8-MW Malagarasi

The government of Tanzania seeks bids for engineering and construction supervision services for electricity transmission and distribution work and for construction of the 8-MW Malagarasi hydroelectric project on the Malagarasi River. Bids are due March 6.

The U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC) awarded a US$698 million U.S. grant to Tanzania to fund improvements to roads, power, and water supply, including the Malagarasi project. (HNN 11/27/07) Tanzania set up a special entity to carry out the work, MCA-Tanzania.

MCA-Tanzania seeks consulting engineer and construction supervision services, for:
o Construction of access roads, a bridge, the Malagarasi run-of-river hydro plant, and a Kigoma Region transmission and distribution network;
o Rehabilitation of power distribution systems and network extension in six regions;
o Construction of a Zanzibar underwater transmission cable and related transmission lines and substations; and
o Technical assistance for Tanzania Electric Supply Co. and Zanzibar Electricity Co.

Work is to begin in April 2008 and continue for five years.

The request for proposals and a registration form are available on the MCA-Tanzania Internet site, www.mca-t.go.tz. MCC procurement guidelines are on the MCC Internet site, www.mcc.gov. All procurement documents are in English.

A pre-bid conference is scheduled at 10 a.m. January 28 at Tanzania's Ministry of Finance. Those planning to attend must notify Marieth S. Ngaida by e-mail at nunuqa@yahoo.com by January 14. Clarifications may be requested through February 18.

Bids are due by 2 p.m. March 6. For information, contact B.S. Mchomvu, Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Account-Tanzania, Development House, Kivukoni Front/Ohio Street, P.O. Box 8327, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Attn: Marieth S. Ngaida, Director of Procurement, MCA-T; Fax: (255) 22-2124644; E-mail: nunuqa@yahoo.com; Internet: www.mca-t.go.tz.

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