Builders courted for Fiji’s 40-MW Nadarivatu

Sustainable Energy Ltd. (SEL) invites expressions of interest in civil construction of the 40-MW Nadarivatu hydroelectric project in Fiji. Responses are due July 28.

Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA), which is partners in SEL with Pacific Hydro of Australia, has applied for a loan for Nadarivatu from the European Investment Bank. SEL last year received Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) registration for its 6.5-MW Wainikasou and 3-MW Vaturu projects in Fiji, allowing the venture to participate in the multi-billion-dollar European Emissions Trading program intended to fight global warming.

The proposed construction contract for Nadarivatu includes a 19-meter weir; 3-meter-diameter, 2-kilometer tunnel; 2.25-meter-diameter, 1.4-kilometer buried steel penstock; a reinforced concrete powerhouse to house four Pelton turbine-generators; a construction camp; and other components. Work is to be carried out from November 2006 to May 2008.

Bid documents may be obtained from the address below. Expressions of interest are due by 4 p.m., New Zealand time, July 28 in closed envelopes or by e-mail labeled “Registration of Interest for Nadarivatu Hydropower Project – Civil Construction Works.”

For information, contact Greg Brown, MWH New Zealand Ltd. 265 Princes St., Dunedin, New Zealand; (64) 3-4770885; Fax: (64) 3-4770616; E-mail: greg.brown@mwhglobal.com.

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