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On Tuesday, the Organisation for Gambia River Enhancement (OMVG), announced that the proposed feasibility of hydroelectric power production in Guinea-Bissau, will be evaluated in new studies, Macauhub reported.

Feasibility study

According to media, OMVG issued a tender for feasibility, environmental impact and engineering studies, among others, for the installation of a 20MW hydroelectric power station in the Saltinho area, on the Corubal River in central Guinea-Bissau.

[quote]A statement quoted by Portuguese news agency Lusa, explained that the study will support the final tenders for the work that will form part of the OMVG strategy — a network that includes the production of energy and interconnection in four countries: Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Senegal.

"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," Macauhub reported.

Successful bidders will be notified in April, according to the OMVG.

Foreign investment

In 2016, the west African country's neighbour, The Gambia, concluded negotiations in securing land that will be developed to boost the country’s electricity supply, with Chinese company Sinohydro together with The Gambia’s ministry of petroleum and energy.

The development of enhancing electricity supply will include a 50MW power generation plant to replace the country’s aging power generation capacity.

In addition, the project will include the installation of a 132kV power transmission backbone line and reinforcement of the 33kV transmission systems in the Greater Banjul area of The Gambia.