Senegal River agency seeks environmental, feasibility work for hydro rehab, grid expansion

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A unit of the multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to assist in environmental and social assessments and feasibility studies for the Manantali II program of hydropower system rehabilitation and expansion of its transmission system to deliver hydropower to member countries. Responses to three solicitations are due April 29 and May 13.

The Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Senegal (OMVS), which includes Senegal, Guinea, Mali, and Mauritania, recruited consultants in April to study the impact of its program of integrated management of Senegal Basin water resources.

An implementing agency for OMVS, the Manantali energy management company, Societe de Gestion de l'Energie de Manantali (SOGEM), now is beginning work on Manantali II, a new program of rehabilitation, renewal and strengthening of the OMVS hydro-based electricity system. With backing from the World Bank and other lenders, SOGEM plans to upgrade existing facilities and expand transmission to deliver power from existing and proposed hydroelectric projects to energy-deficient member nations.

OMVS operates 250-MW Manantali Dam in Mali and Diama Dam, which aids irrigation and prevents intrusion of the Atlantic Ocean into the Senegal River. With the 63-MW Felou project under construction on the Senegal, OMVS also is studying construction of 95-MW Gouina in Mali, 25-MW Gourbassi on the Faleme River in Mali, 240-MW Boureya and 280-MW Koukoutamba on the Bafing River in Guinea, the Badoumbe project on the Bakoye River in Mali, and the Balassa project in the Senegal basin in Guinea.

In the first of three solicitations, SOGEM invites expressions of interest by April 29 for a senior expert to support preparation of environmental and social impact assessment plans and resettlement plans, especially for the work under Manantali II and the development of 95-MW Gouina. OMVS recently said transmission lines must be completed before Gouina is finished because no system now exists to deliver its power.

The senior expert would work under a one-year renewable contract.

Expressions of interest in French, labeled "Selection d'un Expert Senior en Sauvegarde Environnementale et Sociale," are due by 10 a.m., Bamako time, April 29 to the address below.

SOGEM also invites expressions of interest by May 13 for a panel of consultants to create an environmental and social impact assessment of priority sub-projects under Manantali II, including refurbishment of dams, power stations, substations and lines of the Manantali interconnected network, Reseau Interconnecte de Manantali (RIMA); and construction of 1,000 miles of 225-kilovolt transmission lines connecting hydro projects and cities in OMVS. Work also would include updating the emergency plan for 250-MW Manantali Dam.

Expressions of interest in French, labeled "Selection d'un Cabinet de Consultants pour la Realisation de l'Etude d'Impact Environnementale et Sociale (EIES) des Sous-projets Prioritaires de la Phase 1 du Projet de Remise en Etat, Renouvellement et Renforcement des Installations du Patrimoine Energie de la SOGEM," are due by 10 a.m., Bamako time, May 13 to the address below.

SOGEM also invites expressions of interest by May 13 for a panel of consultants to carry out a feasibility study of priority high-voltage transmission lines connecting Kayes and Tambacounda (260 kilometers) in Mali and Senegal; Kayes, Tintane and Kiffa (450 kilometers) in Mali and Mauritania; and Manantali, Kita and Bamako (300 kilometers) in Mali.

Expressions of interest in French, labeled "Selection d'un Cabinet de Consultants pour la Realisation d'une Etude de Faisabilite pour la Construction des Lignes et Postes Prioritaires dans le Cadre de la 1ere Phase de Renforcement du RIMA," are due by 10 a.m., Bamako time, May 13 to the address below.

For information, contact Direction Generale de la Societe de Gestion de l'Energie de Manantali (SOGEM), ACI 2000 Parcelle No. 2501-BP E 4015, Bamako, Mali; (223) 20233286; E-mail: seydou.sidibe@sogem-omvs.org.
 

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