Guinea seeks environmental, social studies of 750-MW Souapiti

Guinea state-owned utility Electricite de Guinee (EDG) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform an environmental and social impact assessment of the 750-MW Souapiti hydroelectric project, proposed for the Konkoure River in Guinea. Responses are due June 13.

China's Export-Import Bank agreed in 2007 to fund construction of the US$1 billion Souapiti project. In 2002, Guinea Aluminum Products Co. commissioned Washington Infrastructure Services of the United States to perform a feasibility study of then-500-MW Souapiti and the then-215-MW Kaleta hydroelectric project, intended to power a 240,000-ton-per-year aluminum smelter.

EDG seeks consultants to evaluate positive and negative effects of developing Souapiti and to determine ways to reduce negative effects and increase project profits. The consultants also are to evaluate cumulative effects of Souapiti, the 75-MW Garafiri project, and the proposed 240-MW Kaleta project, also on the Konkoure.

The consultants also are to evaluate Souapiti's feasibility and its socio-economic and ecological effects.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due to the address below by 10 a.m. June 13. EDG plans to develop a short-list of six firms for additional consideration.

For information, contact Electricite de Guinee - EDG, Direction Planification & Equipement, Cellule d'Execution du Projet, Cite Chemin de Fer, 4eme etage, B.P. 1463, Conakry, Republique de Guinee; (224) 62-089610; Fax: (224) 30-411853; E-mail: kbang02fr.yahoo.fr.

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