Nile Basin Initiative names water resources modeling consultants

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia 12/12/11 (PennWell) -- The 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) has named international consultants to perform data processing and modeling for a Basin Decision Support System (DSS) for its water resources planning and management program.

NBI, which includes Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, recruited consultants in 2010.

The agency awarded an US$849,665 contract to Aurecon Amei Ltd., in association with Solaris Engineering and Consulting, Beuster Clarke and Associates, Conningarth Economists, and NEPID. There was one other bidder for the work.

The Nile Basin DSS includes: a Nile Basin Knowledge Base with a communication and information management system; a Regional River Basin Planning Model to evaluate development paths and identify joint investment projects; a suite of analytic tools; and development of core national capabilities.

The Aurecon-led group is to carrying out a second DSS work package, which includes data compilation, modeling, system testing and pilot applications. The work is to require 12 months.

NBI hired a consortium led by DHI of Denmark and including Mott MacDonald Ltd. of the United Kingdom, Riverside Technologies of the United States, Yerer Engineering of Ethiopia, NKC Co. Ltd. of Uganda, and Tropics Consulting Engineers Plc. of Ethiopia in 2009 to develop processes and software for the DSS.

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