Uganda’s diversion project, to be implemented under an EPC contract, will consist of a weir, a 2.241 km-long headrace tunnel, a vertical shaft (450 m), a 1.18 km-long penstock in a pipe gallery, a powerhouse and, a tailrace channel. In addition to the hydropower scheme, a high voltage switchyard and a 132kV transmission line, with a length of approximately 5.5 km, are foreseen. The project, which will use the Plant and Design-Build (FIDIC Yellow Book) Conditions of Contract, is to be co-financed by KFW Development Bank and Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
The tender including post-qualification is expected to be published on the websites of GTAI, Germany’s economic development agency, and UEGCL in July 2019, according to a general procurement notice released on 25 June. The consultancy services for Phase B – Project implementation will include: owner’s engineer (site supervision and commissioning); support UEGCL during implementation, commissioning and rectification of defects; and, follow up of environmental and social impact mitigation measures. The contract will be awarded to an independent consulting company with proven experience in the hydropower sector and the region and a minimum annual turnover of €3.5 million per year. The selection of the consultant will be subject to a quality and cost-based selection (QCBS) including post-qualification (one stage – three envelopes).