Ethiopia seeks equipment for 1,870-MW Gibe 3

The builder of the 1,870-MW Gibe 3 hydroelectric project seeks bids for five lots of equipment including turbine-generators for the project being built on Ethiopia’s Omo River. Bids are due November 5, 2009.

Salini Costruttori SpA of Italy is building Gibe 3 (previously called Gilgel Gibe 3) under an engineering-procurement-construction contract with Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. The European Investment Bank is pre-qualifying consultants until August 31 to perform environmental and social impact assessments of the project. (HydroWorld 8/13/09)

In the current solicitation, Salini seeks bids for any or all of five lots to supply equipment:
o Lot A: Ten 187-MW Francis turbines, frequency governors, generators, and balance of plant;
o Lot B: Inlet valves;
o Lot C: Main step-up transformers;
o Lot D: Switchyard and links between powerhouse and switchyard;
o Lot E: Powerhouse cranes.

Salini said one or more bidders might be chosen, although preference will be given to bids for all five lots.

The US$1.75 billion project, 240 kilometers southwest of the Addis Ababa, includes a 240-meter-tall rockfill dam, tunnel, distribution and water diversion works, and a powerhouse.

Bid documents may be obtained from the Salini address below for US$200 or the equivalent in local currency. The request must be labeled “Request for Bidding Documents for the Gibe III, ICB number: Gibe III HPP/EM/xxx/2009.”

Bids are due by 6 p.m. November 5. For information, contact:
o Contracts Manager, Overseas Division, Salini Costruttori SpA, Via della Dataria 22, 00187 Rome, Italy; (39) 06-6776306/267; Fax: (39) 06-6776378/345; E-mail:;
o Ethiopian Electric Power Corp., Gibe III Project Coordination Office, Bole Road (Africa Avenue), BeDesta Building, 1st Floor, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; (251) 11-5546830; Fax: (251) 11-5546844; E-mail:

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