Romania extends bidding for major rehabilitation of 210-MW Stejaru

BUCHAREST, Romania 11/15/11 (PennWell) — Romania utility Hidroelectrica SA has extended the deadline for proposals for major rehabilitation and modernization of the 210-MW Stejaru hydroelectric project at Bicaz Dam in Romania. Proposals now are due January 12, 2012.

Hidroelectrica previously called for proposals by December 12. It recruited consultants in July to support the rehabilitation. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development approved a 110 million euro (US$153.7 million) loan in July for work at Stejaru (also called Stejarul).

The largest plant in a 450-MW cascade of hydro projects on the Bistrita River, Stejaru has been in operation for 50 years.

The rehabilitation work is expected to cost about 110 million euros (US$152.3 million). It includes replacement of electro-mechanical equipment for six turbine-generators and related systems, and rehabilitation or replacement of hydro-mechanical equipment and penstocks. Other work includes upgrade of electrical equipment, instrumentation, controls, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. Contractors also would rehabilitate 110-kilovolt and 220-kV substations.

Hidroelectrica invites technical proposals in the first stage of a two-stage bid process. Following examination of technical proposals, qualified bidders will be invited to submit tenders in the second stage.

Tender documents may be obtained from the address below upon payment of 2,100 lei (US$671) at any bank using the following account information: Beneficiary Company: SC Hidroelectrica SA; Registering No. J40/7426/10.08.2000; Fiscal Code RO 13267213; Account No. RO15 RNCB 0072 0183 3187 0001; Bank: BCR, Subsidiary Sector 1.

Technical proposals now are due by noon January 12. For information, contact Aurel Cocioran, S.C. Hidroelectrica SA, Refurbishment Division, 3 Constantin Nacu St., 2nd St. RO-020995 Bucharest, Romania; (40) 213032541; Fax: (40) 213032573; E-mail: aurel.cocioran@hidroelectrica.ro.

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