The feasibility of hydroelectric power production in Guinea-Bissau, which is so far non-existent, will be evaluated in new studies, the Organization for Gambia River Enhancement (OMVG) said in a statement on Tuesday.
The organisation launched a tender for feasibility, environmental impact and engineering studies, among others, for the installation of a 20-megawatt hydroelectric power station in the Saltinho area, on the Corubal River in central Guinea-Bissau.
The work will support the final tenders for the work that part of the OMVG strategy, a network that includes the production of energy and interconnection in four countries: Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Senegal, according to a statement quoted by Portuguese news agency Lusa.
The studies for the Saltinho area have the technical and financial support of the African Development Bank (through the Sustainable Energy Fund), the United Nations Fund for Industrial Development, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Austrian Development Bank.
The studies are expected to be awarded in April, also according to the statement from OMVG.
The Organization for Gambia River Enhancement was established on 30 June, 1978 in Kaolack (Senegal) by Senegal and Gambia in order to manage the river that covers an area of 289,000 square kilometres, and Guinea-Conakry and Guinea-Bissau joined in 1981 and 1983, respectively. (macauhub)