Indonesia dam construction tenders worth US$646 million

Indonesia’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing said the government of Indonesia is trying to complete the tender process by June 2016 for eight dams. The construction tenders combined are worth about US$646 million.

The eight dam projects are planned for the following locations:

  • Sumatra — Rukoh ($42 million) and Sukoharjo ($74 million);
  • Sulawesi — Kuwil Kawangkoan ($78 million) and Ladongi ($50 million); and
  • Java — Ciawi ($89 million), Sukamahi ($69 million), Leuwikeris ($84 million) and Cipanas ($160 million).

The construction tenders are open to private investors. However, Taufik Widjoyono, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing secretary general, reportedly said if a state-owned enterprise wins any tender, the organization will need to partner with a private contractor for construction of the dam.

Published reports indicate the central government would like to tender a new dam project every two weeks, ending in June 2016. Imam Santoso, Public Works Ministry director of dams, said the ministry tendered Kuwil Kawangkoan Dam during the first week of February and will tender Leuwikeris Dam before March.

Santoso also reportedly said 49 dam construction projects, considered nationally strategic by the Indonesian government, are targeted for completion by 2019. Of this total, 16 dam projects were tendered in 2014 and are currently being constructed, and 13 dams were tendered in 2015.

According to government estimations, once completed, the eight dams combined will be capable of holding 4,070 m3 of water for use in irrigating 38,400 hectares of agricultural land, and also contributing to the country’s flood prevention program. Additionally, some of the dams will be part of a hydroelectric facility. The facilities will have a total installed capacity of about 21 MW.


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