Consultants recruited for Samoa’s Vaitai hydro, power sector

Consultants are invited to submit expressions of interest to assist Samoa in the development of a power sector expansion program that includes the proposed Vaitai hydropower scheme as a core subproject. Responses are due by June 9.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is advancing US$750,000 for technical assistance to the Pacific island nation to develop a comprehensive power sector expansion program, focusing on hydropower and other renewables to reduce the burden of diesel fuel imports.

Nine international consultants and three domestic experts are being recruited for a total of 26 person-months. Consultants sought include a hydropower engineer, regulatory expert, corporate governance and institutional development expert, financial management specialist, power system planner, renewable energy expert, power economist, environment specialist, and resettlement specialist.

ADB said the proposed Vaitai hydropower project on the Vaitai River is a core subproject of the program. The hydropower engineer, power economist, environment specialist, and resettlement specialist all are to deal with aspects of the project.

In addition to looking at least-cost renewable alternatives to Vaitai, the renewable energy expert is to prepare Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) documentation for the hydro project. The CDM program allows rich nations to invest in clean energy projects in developing nations and claim credits back home for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

Expressions of interest may be submitted via the ADB internet site, www.adb.org, under Opportunities/Business Opportunities/Proposed Projects/Samoa. The ADB project officer is Carol Litwin, Senior Economist (Performance Based Allocation), Pacific Operations Division, Asian Development Bank, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6326114; E-mail: clitwin@adb.org.

For information, contact Ms. Hinauri Petana, Ministry of Finance, P.O. Box 3017, Apia, Samoa; (685) 24779; Fax: (685) 34331.

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