Malawi seeks environmental, social studies of 20-MW Chimgonda, 140-MW Mpatamanga hydro projects

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The government of Malawi invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform separate environmental and social assessments of the 20- to 50-MW Chimgonda and 140- to 310-MW Mpatamanga hydroelectric projects in Malawi. Responses are due April 7.

The government recruited consultants in 2014 to conduct feasibility studies of the Chimgonda project on the Dwambazi River in Nkbotakota District and the Mpatamanga project on the Shire River in Mwaza District. Malawi received a grant and credit from the World Bank's International Development Association to finance an Energy Sector Support Project that includes the two hydro projects.

The Scotland government announced in March it awarded funding to Scotland-based SgurrEnergy to develop a 100-kW micro-hydro scheme on Malawi's Lichenya River. Additionally, Malawi recruited consultants last year to perform detailed design and bid preparation for rehabilitation and raising of Kamuzu Dam as well as dam evaluation for Kamuzu Dam 2 on the Shire River.

The Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining now seeks consultants to perform separate assessments of the environmental and social implications of project activities and to develop environmental and social management plans for Chimgonda and Mpatamanga. The work is to be performed over 12 months, as much as possible in parallel with hydro project technical studies.

Expressions of interest are due April 7 to Chairman, Internal Procurement Committee, Ministry of Energy, Private Bag 350, Capital Hill, Lilongwe 3 Malawi.

For information, contact Project Coordinator, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Capital Hill, Private Bag 350, Lilongwe 3 Malawi; (265) 1789488; Fax: (265) 1788689; E-mail:

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