Nigeria seeks dam safety training, design, studies, supervision of dam work

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The government of Nigeria invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide dam safety training, design and feasibility studies and construction supervision of multi-purpose reservoir and irrigation projects. Responses to three solicitations are due May 15 and 22.

Under its Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) Project, Nigeria's Ministry of Water Resources recruited dam safety experts in January to serve on a panel to review and advise on dam safety and other critical aspects of seven dams and a reservoir in Nigeria. Water Resources Minister Sarah Reng Ochekpe said in March that Nigeria will include or add hydroelectric power generating facilities to all existing and future dams within the country.

Dam safety assurance, training

In the first of three new solicitations under the TRIMING project, the Ministry of Water Resources now seeks expressions of interest by May 15 to provide technical assistance for dam safety assurance and training of its Dams and Reservoir Operations Department and its River Basin Development authorities. Over two years, the work is to include review of legislation, regulation and technical standards; an inventory of dams and dam safety practices; preparation of a reservoir inspection, safety evaluation, operation and emergency response plan; and training of agency staff in operation, maintenance and management of dams.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by 2 p.m. May 15 to the address below.

Dadin Kowa, Guyuk dam, irrigation projects

In a second solicitation, the ministry invites expressions of interest by May 22 for design and construction supervision of the proposed 35-MW Dadin Kowa Dam and Irrigation Scheme and a feasibility study of the Guyuk Irrigation Scheme.

The Dadin Kowa gravity dam and its multi-purpose reservoir were completed on the Gongola River in the 1980s. Although provisions were made to develop hydropower and irrigation and drainage infrastructure, those features have not been completed. Over 48 months, the consultancy would prepare detailed design and construction supervision for the Dadin Kowa Irrigation Scheme as well as a feasibility study and detailed design of the Guyuk scheme.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by 2 p.m. May 22 to the address below.

Bakolori dam, irrigation rehab, construction

In a third solicitation, the ministry invites expressions of interest by May 22 for supervision of rehabilitation and reconversion of the Bakolori Irrigation Scheme. Over three to five years, work is to include supervision of rehabilitation works for all infrastructure as well as construction of secondary irrigation works, plus an update of the project operation and maintenance manual.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by 2 p.m. May 22 to the address below.

For information on all three solicitations, contact Project Coordinator, Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria Project, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Plot 1402, Abba Kyari St., off Adesoji Aderemi St., APO – Abuja, Nigeria; (234) 8038391469; E-mail:

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