Laos seeks investor-operators for micro-hydropower projects

Laos’ Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion (IREP) seeks bids to become investor-operator of two micro-hydropower projects in Laos’ Houaphan Province. A pre-bid meeting is set October 31, with a site visit November 7-8 and bids due November 29.

With financing from the World Bank’s International Development Association, IREP, a unit of the Ministry of Energy and Mines seeks investor-operators to build and operate micro-hydro systems through a public-private partnership in areas where the national grid is not expected to reach in the near future.

The World Bank’s International Finance Corp. recruited consultants in August to serve as stakeholder engagement/communications specialist for the hydropower and forestry sectors in Laos. IFC announced in June it plans to work with the Laotian government in developing draft laws that would help govern hydroelectric power development. It recruited consultants in April to facilitate a Hydropower Developers Working Group.

IREP now seeks an investor-operator for a pilot public-private partnership to develop and operate two micro-hydro projects of about 25 kW each in Xamtai District of Houaphan Province. The projects would electrify about 221 households in two villages.

The investor-operator would be required to contribute to 10 percent of the installed capital costs and 100 percent of the operation and maintenance costs of the two projects. IREP is to contribute to 90 percent of the installed capital cost.

Bidding documents in English may be obtained from the address below. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled October 31, with a site visit planned November 7-8.

Bids due by 3 p.m. November 29. For information, contact Manager Anousak Phongsavath, REP II Project — MEM Component, Deputy Director General, Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Nongbone Road, P.O. Box 5313, Vientiane, Laos; (856) 21415714; E-mail:,

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