Mbeya Coal to Power Project finalises Transmission line bid

AAKibo Mining plc (“Kibo” or the “Company”) (AIM: KIBO; AltX: KBO), the Tanzania focused mineral exploration and development Company, is pleased to announce that the Company has over the past week concluded the final bid clarification with regard to the construction of the transmission line that will evacuate power from the Mbeya Power Plant in the Songwe District to the TANESCO Mbeya sub-station.

The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) (Power) contractual work was divided into two lots, i.e. Lot 1, the Power Station EPC contract, and Lot 2, the Power Line Construction EPC contract. Lot 1 was awarded conditionally to SEPCO III during December 2016 with Lot 2 to be finalised subject to concluding a comprehensive line study. Following completion of various technical studies related to the transmission line, most notably an in–country line reconnaissance and survey by a combined Tractebel Engineering and SEPCO III team, a final bid was prepared and submitted to the Company by SEPCO III.

Kibo Mining and Tractebel Engineering conducted and concluded a clarification workshop regarding the aforementioned final bid with the SEPCO III technical team on 21 and 22 August 2017 in Beijing, China. The purpose of the clarification workshop was to finalise the technical component of the Power Line Construction EPC contract which is to be awarded to SEPCO III as an integral part of the Power Station EPC contract, subject to final technical, financial and operational benchmarking that will be conducted by Tractebel Engineering over the course of the next month.

Louis Coetzee, CEO of Kibo Mining, said: “Finalization of the transmission line bid concludes all technical development work on the MCPP prior to financial close. The Company is also continuing to make significant progress on the remaining work streams it has reported on over the past two months, with further updates to follow in this regard.”.

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