Zambia seeks update of environmental, social studies of 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydro project

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Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. (ZESCO) seeks bids to review and update environmental and social impact assessments of the 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydroelectric project proposed for Zambia's Kafue River. A mandatory site visit is set November 18, followed by a pre-bid meeting November 19, with bids due December 5.

ZESCO last year pre-qualified firms to build Kafue Gorge Lower on an engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) basis. The government indicated procurement of an EPC contractor would be finalized by the end of 2014.

ZESCO also invited expressions of interest last year for design and construction supervision and for a transaction adviser for Kafue Gorge Lower, which is to be built at Kafue Gorge, 40 miles upstream of the confluence of the Kafue River and the Zambezi River. The new project is to be downstream from the tailrace tunnel outlet of the 900-MW Kafue Gorge project.

ZESCO now seeks bids to review and update environmental and social impact assessments of Kafue Gorge Lower, which includes a power plant with five 150-MW turbine-generators and a 140-meter-tall concrete-faced rockfill or roller-compacted-concrete dam. The work is expected to require 54 months.

Tender documents in English may be obtained from the address below for 1,000 kwachas (US$157) or the equivalent in a convertible currency. Payment is by cash, telegraphic transfer, bank transfer or deposit of funds into the ZESCO Ltd. bank account with evidence of deposit. Bank details are: Indo-Zambia Bank Ltd., Plot No. 6907, P.O. Box 35411, Cairo Road, Lusaka, Zambia; Account Name: ZESCO Ltd. – Corporate Head Office; Account No. 0000028252005; Branch: Lusaka Main; SWIFT Code: INZAZMLX.

A mandatory site visit is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. November 18, assembling at Kafue Gorge Training School at 9:30 a.m. A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. November 19 at Kafue Gorge Power Station Board Room.

Separate technical and financial proposals, labeled "Proposal for Consulting Services for the Review and Update of the Environmental and Social Impact Study Report for Kafue Gorge Lower Hydropower Project," must be deposited by 10:30 a.m. December 5 in the tender box at the address below.

For information, contact Brian C. Kambole, Senior Manager, Procurement, ZESCO Ltd. Main Building, 2nd Floor, Stand No. 6949 Great East Road, P.O. Box 33304, Lusaka, Zambia; Tel/Fax: (260) 211-223971; E-mail: procurement@zesco.co.zm; Internet: www.zesco.co.zm.

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