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Carbon credit study sought for Rusumo Falls

Expressions of interest are sought by 26 November for consultants to undertake a carbon credit study.

The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (NELSAP), the implementing agency acting on behalf of the Rusumo Power Company Limited (RPCL) for the development of the 80 MW Rusumo Falls hydropower plant on the river Kagera at the common border of Rwanda and Tanzania, invites expressions of interest from consultants by 26 November to undertake a carbon credit study.

The study, which is to be financed by the World Bank, requires an estimate of the annual emission reductions resulting from the implementation of the run-of-river project and an evaluation of various carbon financing options under compliance and voluntary markets (CDM, VERRA, Gold Standard, CORSIA, Article 6 mechanisms under the Paris Agreement and so on), including existing demand and prices on different carbon markets, and their impacts on financial feasibility of the project. The aim of the study is to provide the project proponents with all relevant information regarding the costs, benefits and eligibility requirements of possible carbon financing options.

The Rusumo Falls project is a joint development by the Governments of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania to generate electricity that will be distributed in the three countries. The project will comprise a dam on the Kagera, just upstream of the Rusumo Falls and an intake on the right bank about 100 m upstream of the dam axis, which will deliver water through a 680 m-long headrace tunnel to an 80 MW powerplant with three Kaplan turbines, downstream of Rusumo Falls.

The environmental and social impact assessment as well as the environmental and social management plan and the resettlement action plan were finalized in 2013. The full terms of reference are available at: http://nilebasin.org/nelsap/index.php/en/consultancies/269-request-for-expressions-of-interest-reoi-credit-carbon.

Interested consultants should submit their application addressed to the NELSAP Regional Coordinator to: nelsapprocurement@nilebasin.org. The subject of the email should be: Consultant for undertaking Credit Carbon Study for the Regional Rusumo Hydroelectric Project.

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