Ethiopian Electric Power is requesting expressions of interest from consultants to prepare or update feasibility studies for five hydropower plants. The work is being funded through the $122.5m African Development Bank (AfDB)-backed Mekele-Dallol and Semera-Afdera Power Supply for Industrial Development and Access Scale-up Project. Submissions are due by 8 March.
Two lots are being tendered. Under the first lot, the consultant will prepare a feasibility study for the 301MW Didessa project and amend the feasibility study, environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), and resettlement action plan (RAP) for the 280MW Chemoga-Yeda stage I and II projects. The second lot involves carrying out a feasibility study for the 100MW Genale Dawa V project and amending the feasibility study, ESIA, and RAP for the 246MW Genale Dawa VI and 422MW Halele Werabessa stage I and II projects. The AfDB also funded the original feasibility studies for Chemoga-Yeda and Halele Werabessa.
The wider project was approved by the AfDB in July 2016. It aimed to improve the power supply at Dallol for potash companies and Afdera for small salt extraction businesses, making 613GWh/yr available, as well as increase access to power for households and public services, and improve utility revenue. The project involves the construction of a 130km 230kV line between Mekele and Dallol and a 175km 230kV line between Dallo and Adfera, expansion of substations at Mekele and Semera, rural electrification networks comprising 1,524km of medium voltage and 481km of low voltage distribution lines for 36 rural towns and villages with combined populations of 102,000 people, and associated consultancy.
Contact: Kefyalew Mergiy, Director, EEP Procurement Office, Ethiopian Electric Power, Lagahar, Meba Building, Ground Floor, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Tel: +251 115 580597
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