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InfraCo Africa Development: Lilondi - Update of existing ESIA

Virunga Power requests Expressions of Interest (EOI) to be submitted to update an existing Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the proposed Lilondi small hydropower project in Tanzania, including access roads and an associated 33kV transmission and distribution network.

Virunga Power is a private investment firm with a focus on developing profitable and sustainable power generation and distribution systems on a community scale in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. In Tanzania, Virunga Power and its partners, through their subsidiary Lilondi Hydropower Limited “Lilondi”,  are developing a small hydropower project in the South-Western district of Songea, Ruvuma region, Tanzania. The run-of-river project which shall be connected to the national grid as well as serve a mini grid has a potential capacity of 2.5MW as estimated from a feasibility study conducted in 2013.

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the project was conducted in 2014. However, some elements of the study were not comprehensive enough and may not have conformed to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) performance standards on Social and Environmental sustainability, which includes performance standards on assessment and management of environmental and social risks and impacts, community health, safety and security, cultural heritage, indigenous people among others. Further, the current EIA license has since expired. As such, as the project approaches construction, a review of the current ESIA and renewal of the EIA license is required. Please see the EoI attached here for further information.

Please email your EOI to Walter Angano at walter.angano@virungapower.com by 5pm (EAT) on the 25th May  2018.

Proposals submitted to PIDG will not be forwarded.