Ruzizi III Energy Limited, developer of the Ruzizi III Regional hydropower project on the boundary of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, is inviting contractors to submit expressions of interest for an Engineer-Procure-Construction (EPC) tender.

The project, which is being developed as a public-private partnership between SN Power (Norway) and Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya), has an intended installed capacity of about 149 MW, subject to final definition studies. The public parties are the governments of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda.

The project will be located on the Ruzizi River at the border between DR Congo and Rwanda. The EPC contract will include the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of an embankment dam with associated spillway, low level outlet, and eco-flow powerhouse. Also included are a 3.8-km long, 6 to 7m diameter, concrete-lined headrace tunnel from the dam reservoir to the powerhouse, penstock and unit penstocks, power station and switchyard.

An 8.3-km long 220 kV double-circuit transmission line, also under the contract, will connect the Ruzizi III substation to the regional dispatch station in Kamanyola (DRC), access roads from Bugarama (Rwanda) and Kamanyola (DRC) to the dam site, and all ancillary and related works. The power station will have three generating units giving an installed capacity of at least 150 MW.

Ruzizi III Energy Limited will pre-qualify contractors and consortia to tender for the RIII-EPC contract. Pre-qualification documents will be made available, in electronic format for free, in a dedicated virtual data room. Interested applicants may request access to the VDR by sending an email to the following address:

EPC contract prequalification opens for Ruzizi III hydropower project in Rwanda/DRC

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