Malawi water resources tenders include study of 370-MW Kholombidzo hydro project

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The government of Malawi has issued a new series of tenders for water resources-related work including a call for a feasibility study of the 160- to 370-MW Kholombidzo hydroelectric project on the Shire River. Responses to two of the solicitations are due July 31.

Malawi has issued a number of recent solicitations, seeking consultants to perform environmental studies, engineers, construction supervision, and a series of river control and management tasks. It recruited consultants in May to supervise upgrade of Kamuzu Barrage to increase Shire River Basin water security for critical uses including hydropower.

Consultants sought for transboundary water resources unit

As part of its National Water Development Program, Malawi's Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation invites expressions of interest from consultants by July 31 to help bring into operation the nation's Transboundary Water Resources Management Unit, which was created by the ministry, but is not yet operational.

Malawi's water resources are shared with neighboring countries, mostly in the Zambezi River Basin. Although Malawi and its neighbors have recognized the need for transboundary management of water resources, none has established active units to administer transboundary water issues.

Malawi seeks consultants to review the proposed structure of the unit; develop a knowledge base of transboundary water issues, challenges, and opportunities; and prepare an implementation strategy for the unit. The work is expected to require six months.

Terms of reference may be obtained from the following address. For information, contact Program Manager, National Water Development Program, Attn.: Procurement Specialist, Manobec Building, Area 4, Off Paul Kagame Road, Private Bag 353, Lilongwe 3 Malawi; (265) 1755011; Fax: (265) 1754639; E-mail: thony.msendema@yahoo.com, anthony@nwdpmw.com.

Expressions of interest, in three copies labeled "Expression of Interest for Consultancy Services for Operationalization of Transboundary Water Resources Management Unit (TWRMU)," are due July 31 to Chairperson, Internal Procurement Committee, Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation, Tikwere House, City Centre, Ground Floor, Room 12, IPC Tender Box, Private Bag 390, Lilongwe 3 Malawi.

Environmental, social assessment sought for Shire River work

The Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation also invites expressions of interest by July 31 from consultants to perform an environmental and social impact assessment of a proposed water intake on the Shire River, as well as water treatment works, pump stations, pipelines, and reservoirs.

Also part of the National Water Development Program, the Shire River work is intended to increase water supply to the Blantyre area. The World Bank calls the Shire a critical river basin in Malawi from the perspective of hydropower, irrigation, water supply, catchment management, environmental and social services, flood management, and navigation.

Malawi seeks consultants to prepare a detailed environmental and social impact assessment; a management and monitoring plan; and a resettlement, livelihood restoration, and compensation plan. The work is to require 12 months.

Terms of reference may be obtained from the following address. For information, contact Program Manager, National Water Development Program, Attn.: Procurement Specialist, Manobec Building, Area 4, Off Paul Kagame Road, Private Bag 353, Lilongwe 3 Malawi; (265) 1755011; Fax: (265) 1754639; E-mail: thony.msendema@yahoo.com, anthony@nwdpmw.com.

Expressions of interest, in three copies labeled "Expression of Interest for Consultancy Services for Independent Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for Water Intake on Shire River, Water Treatment Works, Pump Stations, Pipelines, and Reservoirs," are due July 31 to Chairperson, Internal Procurement Committee, Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation, Tikwere House, City Centre, Ground Floor, Room 12, IPC Tender Box, Private Bag 390, Lilongwe 3 Malawi.

Energy Ministry to seek study of 160- to 370-MW Kholombidzo

Malawi's Energy Ministry invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a feasibility study of the 160- to 370-MW Kholombidzo hydroelectric project proposed for the Shire River.

The African Development Bank approved a US$2 million grant in March to study Kholombidzo, which is proposed to address electricity shortages in Malawi.

The ministry seeks consultants to undertake a feasibility study and preliminary designs including the updating of screening studies from 1985 to 1998. Consultants also are to use information from the integrated water resources plan for Lake Malawi and the Shire River system to confirm optimal location and layout for the hydro plant. The consultants also are to produce a full bankable feasibility study and preliminary designs for use in seeking financing.

Prospective bidders are invited to submit expressions of interest to the address below. The ministry plans to shortlist six firms for issuance of bidding documents expected in August.

For information, contact Project Coordinator, Ministry of Energy, P/Bag 350, Lilongwe 3 Malawi; (265) 770688; Fax: (265) 770094; E-mail: lewismhango@yahoo.co.uk.

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