Macedonia offers concessions to develop 333-MW Cebren, 193.5-MW Galiste

Macedonia’s Ministry of Economy invites applications for pre-qualification to develop two hydro projects on the Crna River, 333-MW Cebren and 193.5-MW Galiste. Responses are due March 19.

The build-own-operate-transfer concession also includes the right to operate the existing 92-MW Tikves hydroelectric project, also on the Crna. The ministry offered a similar solicitation in 2006. (HNN 2/26/07) The ministry also recently called for bids by April 16 for concessions to develop 20 hydropower projects in the Vardar, Strumica, and Crni Drim river basins. (HNN 1/6/09)

The current solicitation invites firms to compete to develop Cebren and Galiste with public partner AD ELEM. The Cebren investment is estimated at 338.4 million euros (US$460 million), while the Galiste investment is estimated at 200.2 million euros (US$272 million).

The Cebren pumped-storage project would be built at the existing Cebren Dam, a 192.5-meter-tall concrete arch dam on the Crna, 81 kilometers upstream from its confluence with the Vardar River. The project is expected to generate 840 gigawatt-hours annually after a construction period of six years.

The Galiste project would include a new 141.5-meter-tall stone and clay core dam on the Crna, 54 kilometers upstream from the Vardar. Galiste is expected to generate 262.5 gigawatt-hours annually after a construction period of seven years.

Tender information may be obtained from the Ministry of Economy Internet site, www.economy.gov.mk, under the link www.economy.gov.mk/WBStorage/Files/International%20Public%20Competition%2017.12.2008.pdf.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in Macedonian, are due to the address below by 4 p.m. CET, March 19. They must be in a sealed envelope labeled �Do Not Open — International public competition for expression of interest for participation in granting concession for water for generation of electricity from two hydropower plants on the Crna River and participation in public private partnership — first stage.�

A commission established by the government is to select a list of pre-qualified firms to be invited to submit bids for the concessions.

For information, contact Viktor Andonov, Ministry of Economy, Republic of Macedonia, Jurij Gagarin St. No.15, MK-1000 Skopje, Macedonia; (389) 2-3093517, (389) 2-3093446; Fax: (389) 2-3084902; E-mail: viktor.andonov@economy.gov.mk; Internet: www.economy.gov.mk.

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