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NELSAP invites consultancy services for Uganda–DRC grid link [free access]

September 22, 2020

The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (NELSAP) has invited Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for consultancy services for the Uganda–Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) Power Interconnection Line Project. The African Development Bank (AfDB) will financially support the tenders.


The first EoI is for updating the feasibility study report, and for the detailed design and preparation of tender documents. The second EoI is for updating the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) and resettlement action plan (RAP).


The proposed Uganda–DRC Interconnection is part of the NEL Interconnection Project and involves the construction of 396-km-long line, which will run from the existing Nkenda substation (Uganda) up to Bunia and Butembo in Uganda, via Beni in DRC. Further, it will include the establishment of four substations—Beni, Bunia and Butembo in DRC and Nkenda in Uganda. The transmission line will be either at the 220 kV or 400 kV level.


The NEL Interconnection Project aims to link the electricity grids of the five NEL countries—Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, the DRC [eastern part] and Rwanda—under the NELSAP. The regional project involves the construction of 931 km of 220 kV and 110 kV lines, and 17 substations, to form an integrated grid system. It aims to improve the quality of the socioeconomic development of the member countries, by providing affordable electricity via cross-border power trade.


For both the contracts, interested consultants can submit their bids in joint ventures (JVs). The deadline for bid submission for both the tenders is October 7, 2020.