DR Congo seeks satellite network, drilling, monitoring gear for Inga hydropower complex


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks bids to supply a utility satellite broadband network as well as exploratory drilling and monitoring instrumentation for the Inga hydroelectric complex being developed on the DRC's Congo River. Bids in separate solicitations are due October 28 and November 25.

The 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydroelectric projects currently are undergoing refurbishment. Additionally, the DRC is developing the 4,800-MW Inga 3 Basse Chute hydroelectric project on the Congo as a step toward development of a 40,000-MW Grand Inga hydroelectric complex. It also seeks studies of 30 most attractive medium-sized hydropower sites in the country.

In the first of two solicitations, the DRC's utility, Societe Nationale d'Electricite (SNEL), now seeks bids by 3 p.m. October 28 to supply and install a Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) satellite broadband network for SNEL. Bidding documents may be obtained from the address below for US$300 submitted in cash to the bank below. Bids are to be labeled "AOI No001/PMEDE/SNEL/DG/CDP/DPM/KNF-GWK/2014/MF: Fourniture de Installation d'un Reseau VSAT pour la SNEL."

In a second solicitation, SNEL seeks bids by 3 p.m. November 25 to perform exploratory drilling and installation of monitoring instruments for the Inga hydroelectric development. Bidding documents may be obtained from the address below for US$300 submitted in cash to the bank below. Bids are to be labeled "AOI No0021/PMEDE/SNEL/DG/CDP/DPM/GWK/2014/MF: La realization de forages de reconnaissance et l'installation des instruments d'auscultation sur l'amenagement hydroelectrique du site d'Inga."

Document fees are to be paid to Account No. 00101 0130403 37, titled SNEL VENTE DAO, to Banque Commerciale du Congo (BCDC)/Kinshasa, SWIFT: BCDCKI.

For information, contact Societe Nationale d'Electricite (SNEL), Coordination de Projets (CDP), Direction Generale de la SNEL, Avenue de la Justice No. 2381, Quartier Socimat, Kinshasa/Gombe, Democratic Republic of Congo; (243) 81-7005428; E-mail: cdp.snel@yahoo.fr, masbumba@yahoo.fr, ilungaclaire@yahoo.fr, gerardkamo70@yahoo.fr.

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