Albania safety work at 500-MW Fierza, 600-MW Komani, 250-MW Vau i Dejes

Albanian Power Corp. (KESH) plans to seek bids for dam safety work at three major hydropower projects on Albania’s Drin River.

With funding from the World Bank’s International Development Association, KESH recently invited expressions of interest for tendering assistance to implement Albania’s dam safety program. (HNN 3/31/09)

The program includes physical infrastructure investments of very high, high, and medium priority at hydropower plants on the Drin and Mat River cascades, plus operational improvements. Technical assistance includes studies for new hydropower development.

Much of the work to be performed involves the 500-MW Fierza, 600-MW Komani, and 250-MW Vau i Dejes hydroelectric projects. (HNN 10/1/08) The three hydropower stations on the Drin supply 95 percent of Albania’s power.

The dam safety program includes physical infrastructure and technical assistance components.

Component 1: Physical Infrastructure Investments, includes remedial measures:
o Very High Priority: Dam safety alarm systems and dam monitoring systems for Drin and Mat River basins and an emergency action plan;
o High Priority: Fierza Dam spillway 3 rehabilitation; Fierza and Komani geological monitoring system; Vau i Dejes spillway rehabilitations and maintenance;
o Medium Priority: Komani Dam spillways 3 and 4 rehabilitation; Komani hydropower plant rehabilitation of hydro-mechanical and electrical equipment and installation of new controls and monitoring; Vau i Dejes and Fierza implementation of load frequency control system.

Component 2: Technical Assistance and Training, includes:
o Project implementation consultant;
o Hydrology Analysis and water management;
o Institutional strengthening;
o Studies for new hydropower development;
o Financial management capacity building for KESH.

Prospective bidders who want to be included on a mailing list to receive invitations to pre-qualify or bid are invited to contact the address below. For information, contact Project Director Marialis Celo, Korporata Elektroenergjetike Shqiptare/Project Management Unit-Dam Safety Project, Blloku Vasil Shanto, Tirana, Albania; Tel/Fax: (355) 4-2262148; E-mail: celom@kesh.com.al; Internet: www.kesh.com.al.

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