Fiji seeks EPC civil constructor for 40-MW Nadarivatu

Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) seeks bids for construction of civil works of the 40-MW Nadarivatu hydroelectric project on an engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) basis. Bids are due March 14, 2008.

Earlier this year, FEA invited expressions of interest from consultants to serve as engineer and project manager for Nadarivatu. (HNN 5/9/07) The proposed project includes a 35-meter-tall weir on the Sigatoka River catchment at Korolevu; 3.5 kilometers of tunnel and penstock, and a powerhouse on the Ba River containing two 20-MW Pelton turbine-generators for a head of 300 meters.

The utility said it plans to seek bids for two contracts, including the current solicitation, FEA/NHP-01, EPC Contract for Civil Works – MR 77/2007.

It said a separate solicitation is to be issued for FEA/NHP-02, EPC Contract for Powerhouse &Transmission Works � MR 78/2007. It added that bidders may bid for one or both contracts and may propose discounts in their letter of bid in case they should subsequently be awarded both contracts.

The current solicitation, EPC Contract for Civil Works, includes:
o Establishment and operation of a construction camp;
o Korolevu Weir: a concrete gravity weir (135,000 cubic meters of excavation, 35,000 cubic meters of concrete), three radial spillway gates, two low-level sluice gates, one residual flow control valve, control building;
o Nadarivatu Water Conveyance System: an intake with screens, intake gate, stoplogs, and screen cleaner adjacent to Korolevu Weir, with one of two conveyance options: Option 1, low-pressure and high-pressure tunnels, or Option 2, a low-pressure tunnel and high-pressure penstock;
o Project-wide road construction and maintenance through project duration, including transmission line road;
o Other works as described in bid documents and project drawings on the FEA tender Internet site, www.evalua.com.au/fea.

Bid documents, in English, may be obtained from the address below by written application and payment of F$500 (US$322) by direct deposit to FEA bank account No. ANZBFJFX 2414942, ANZ Bank, Suva, Fiji Islands. The document will be sent by courier.

Bids are due by 11 a.m. March 14, 2008. For information, contact Tuvitu Delairewa, General Manager Corporate Services, Fiji Electricity Authority, Private Mail Bag, 2 Marlow St., Suva, Fiji; (679) 3224-185; Fax: (679) 3311-882; E-mail: tdelairewa@fea.com.fj; Internet: www.fea.com.fj.

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