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Technical Assistance for the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower Project

Eastern Africa
Grant Amount
EUR 250,000
Total project cost
EUR 369m
Under disbursment
PFG Lead Financier

The Project aims to finance the construction of the Rusumo Falls hydro-power plant on the Tanzanian and Rwandan border and the construction of the associated transmission lines connecting the power plant to the national grids of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania. More precisely, the scope of the project consists on construction of: (i) a 80 MW capacity hydropower plant (civil, hydro mechanical and electromechanical works, a switchyard) to be shared between the three countries; and (ii) 387 km of 220 kV transmission lines and associated substations (98.2 km in Tanzania, 161 km for Burundi and 119 km in Rwanda).

The EU-AITF technical assistance grant finances the recruitment of an international consultant to handle the procurement process in collaboration with the project implementation agencies, REGIDESO, REG/EDCL (the former EWSA) and TANESCO, and the provision of procurement training for the staff of the three executing agencies.   
This is critical for a timely start-up of the project procurement activities and hence for the achievement of the benefits associated with the project in terms of regional and economic development. The contract with the selected individual procurement consultant was signed in March 2015 and the consultant has completed its assignment, which was to assist the implementing agencies in the preparation of Terms of Reference, Request for Proposals for recruitment of project engineering and supervision consultant, shortlisting of consulting firms, evaluation of proposals, preparation of contract documents, negotiation with the recommended consulting firm and contract signing.
The remaining activity under this grant is to procure a contract expert to assist the executing agencies on contract administration and management and also provide training on contract administration.



AFDB Press Release of 27.11.2013