Sierra Leone seeks manager to expand 50-MW Bumbuna hydro project to 250 MW

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Sierra Leone's energy ministry invites applications to serve as project manager for the expansion of the 50-MW Bumbuna hydroelectric project to as much as 250 MW. Responses are due February 15.

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources seeks qualified candidates to assist it with project management services for expansion of Bumbuna, on the Seli River, 250 kilometers from Freetown. It said the current expansion phase would total up to 250 MW.

In late 2011, developer Joule Africa said Lahmeyer International was preparing a feasibility study of expanding Bumbuna to a total of 389 MW. Started in 1975, the first phase of Bumbuna was 85 percent complete when stalled for years by civil war. It was completed in 2009. Sierra Leone took bids in 2012 to supply siren warning systems for the project.

The ministry now seeks a project manager to work under a multi-year contract funded by the Technical Assistance Fund of the Private Infrastructure Development Group. The initial contract period is expected to be two years with an option to renew.

The project manager is to: assist in negotiations of the joint government-developer project implementation group. The manager also is to track to ensure project preparation is on time and budget; project costs and timings are reasonable; and engineering, social, environmental, financial, insurance, and other project risks are properly handled.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Internet at http://www.hydroworld.com/content/dam/hydroworld/downloads/Bumbuna-proj-Manager-letter_07_Short.pdf.

Applications including resume are due February 15 by mail or e-mail to the address below. For information, contact Ibrahim Wilson, Technical Adviser, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Electricity House, Siaka Stevens St., Freetown, Sierra Leone; E-mail: ibrwilson@yahoo.com; Internet: http://www.pidg.org/about-us/procurement/project-manager-2013-bumbuna-hydro-electric-project, http://www.mewr.gov.sl/job-vacancies-list.aspx.

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