Bank seeks study of hydropower developments in sub-Saharan Africa

Africa Overhead

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare a study of hydropower developments in sub-Saharan Africa. Responses are due June 23.

The bank recruited consultants in March to measure the benefits of international cooperation on transboundary rivers of sub-Saharan Africa, studying the hydro-rich Senegal River Basin as an example.

In the current study, the World Bank said it wants to assess its role and elaborate a strategic plan for future engagement in Africa's untapped hydropower potential. It said the study would focus exclusively on medium and large-scale hydropower.

The bank seeks a high-level desk study based upon available information and the consultants' prior knowledge and experience in hydropower development in the region. Work is to include a review of key trends over the past decade, compilation of information on Africa's hydropower potential, and analysis of constraints and opportunities for future hydro development.

The job is to require 70 person-days over six months to develop an inception report, a preliminary report on the regional landscape for hydropower and a final report incorporating comments by the World Bank.

Expressions of interest with attachments totaling less than 5 MB are to be submitted electronically via the World Bank's eConsult Internet site, A solicitation notice is available on the website under Business Opportunities, Selection No. 1150674.

The bank intends to invite a short-list of firms to submit proposals, subject to availability of funding.

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