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Owner’s Engineer sought for Lilondi run-of-river project in Tanzania

InfraCo Africa, the UK-based private sector infrastructure development group, on behalf of Virunga Power, seeks to appoint an Owner’s Engineer for the 4.5 MW Lilondi run-of-river hydropower plant on the river Lilondi in the Ruvuma region in southern Tanzania. Bids are invited by 28 August.

The contract for the 4.5 MW Lilondi plant will entail: a review of the EPC contractor’s documents such as the engineering design and recommend the reviewed design for implementation; project management and construction supervision including review and recommendation of the EPC contractor’s design, procurement, pre-dispatch inspection and equipment testing; implementation of measures for the control of costs, schedules and quality; supervision of commissioning tests (wet and dry) and performance tests of the completed facilities; and, lead the plant take over and submission of final acceptance certificate.

The consultant will also provide support to the client during the defect liability period. The contract, with an estimated value of US$ 500 000 (excluding VAT), is expected to take 32 months, according to a tender notice published on 29 July.

The project will be tendered through an open process and the consultant will be selected based on their financial, economic, technical, and professional capacity, to review and make recommendations on the EPC contractor’s method statements, calculation reports, design documents and drawings to meet the employer’s requirements. The most economically advantageous tender is the technically compliant tender with the best price-quality ratio. The best price-quality ratio is established by weighing technical quality against price on a predetermined basis.

Prequalification bids for an EPC contractor were invited late last year. Virunga Power is lead developer through the special purpose vehicle Lilondi Hydropower. Project development shall be funded in whole or part by InfraCo Africa. The project will be constructed under the provisions of the FIDIC conditions of contract for EPC Turnkey Projects Agreement 2nd Edition (2017, Silver Book) or similar. The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:

For further information, contact: Samantha Meen, InfraCo Africa, 6 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7BA, UK; Email: Additional information can be obtained from: Steve Wasira, Virunga Power, 00623 Nairobi, Kenya: Email: