Azerbaijan to seek new grid link from 360-MW Mingechaur

Azerbaijan government utility Azerenergy plans to seek bids for construction of a new 280-kilometer transmission link from Azerbaijan’s 360-MW Mingechaur hydroelectric project on the Kura River.

In 2008, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a US$160 million loan to Azerbaijan to help fund the total US$240 million grid link from Mingechaur (also called Mingechevir), and related substations. (HNN 9/18/08)

The project is to include a double-circuit 220-kilovolt transmission line from Mingechaur to Absheron substation and associated substations, replacing two lines that have been in use for 60 years by Azerenergy. The upgrade is to remove transmission choke points, lower system losses, and provide a more stable power supply.

The government recruited consultants in 2007 for design and supervision of rehabilitation of the Mingechaur hydro project, built in 1955. (HNN 3/22/07) With financing from the Islamic Development Bank, Azerbaijan plans to add generating capacity to the existing Mingechaur project and to refurbish the 16.5-MW Varvara hydro plant downstream.

A single turnkey contract is to be issued for transmission line and substation work that is expected to cost US$165 million.

Azerenergy invited interested contractors to seek additional information from Azerenergy Joint Stock Co., Islam Rafibeyli, Head, Foreign Economic Relations Department, 10, Ac. Abdulkerim Alizade St., Baku, AZ 1005 Azerbaijan; (994) 12-4931089; Fax: (994) 12-4985523; E-mail: irafibeyli@mail.ru.

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