Zambia venture resolicits 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi as EPC contract

Itezhi Tezhi Power Corp. (ITPC) plans to reopen bidding for construction of the 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydroelectric project on the Kafue River as a single engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) contract. ITPC said the invitation to bid would be available by August 26.

ITPC, a joint venture of Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. and Tata Africa Holdings (Pty) of South Africa, previously planned to carry out the US$230 million project through separate contracts for infrastructure, civil and hydro-mechanical works, and electro-mechanical equipment. It took bids in May for civil construction and hydro-mechanical equipment. (HNN 6/20/08)

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 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.

ITPC said bidding documents and an invitation to bid will be available by August 26. Companies that want to be included on a mailing list for invitations to bid are invited to contact the address below.

For information, contact Project Director Robert Nsamba, Itezhi Tezhi Power Corp. Ltd., Plot 1244, Kalembwe Close, Off Great East Road, Lusaka, Zambia; Tel./Fax: (260) 211-223970; E-mail: itpc@zesco.co.zm.

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