Bank funding for 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydro project to strengthen Zambia utility


Utilizing funds for development of the 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydroelectric project, the European Investment Bank (EIB) invites applications for pre-qualification to help strengthen Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. (ZESCO). Responses are due May 15.

EIB is financing ZESCO's development of the Itezhi-Tezhi project on Zambia's Kafue River as well as the Kafue-Livingstone transmission line project. EIB last year took bids from energy sector consultants to advance energy projects, including hydropower and ocean energy, throughout its countries of operation.

The US$250 million Itezhi-Tezhi project is to be operated under a private-public partnership between ZESCO and India's Tata Africa Corp. The African Development Bank approved a US$50 million loan for the hydro project and transmission line in 2012.

With a budget of 299,000 euros (US$413,024), EIB seeks consultants to help ZESCO implement a corporate governance framework, internal controls for day-to-day operations and a basic compliance framework for personnel. The work is expected to require nine months with a possibility for extension for an amount not to exceed half the initial budget.

Applications for pre-qualification must be submitted using the standard application form available on the EIB Internet site under Applications, in English, are due by May 15 to the address below, labeled with the contract title and reference code: "Technical assistance for strengthening good corporate governance and compliance at ZESCO – Phase II, TA2014030 ZM IF3."

EIB plans to invite a short-list of from four to eight firms to submit proposals.

For information, contact Stefan Kerpen, Head of Technical Assistance Unit, European Investment Bank, OPS A/ASD/Technical Assistance Unit (TAU), 100 Boulevard Konrad Adenauer L-2950 Luxembourg.

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