Samoa seeks consultants to plan expansion of 4-MW Afulilo

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a plan to augment the capacity of Samoa’s 4-MW Afulilo hydroelectric project. Responses tentatively are due August 8.

ADB is considering providing US$1.9 million in technical assistance to Samoa’s Ministry of Finance to enhance the sustainability of the Afulilo project. It is part of a proposed country partnership strategy for Samoa from 2008-2012. ADB has been helping Samoa develop a national energy policy with a focus on renewable energy. (HNN 4/17/08)

An ADB project to augment Afulilo was canceled in 2005 due to significant cost increases due to implementation delays and technical issues. That project was to raise the dam crest and to add a third 2-MW turbine-generator. However, the bank said, the project remains highly relevant for reducing Samoa’s dependence on fuel imports.

The current project includes a two-phase approach, with the first phase to include:
o Examination and recommendations for addressing environmental and social issues of the existing project;
o Assessment of dam safety, including a dam break assessment and registration of the project with the International Commission on Large Dams;
o Assessment of management practices and recommendation of options of optimizing hydropower output; and
o Assessment of least-cost options for augmentation of the capacity of the Afulilo hydro project.

The second phase is to include:
o Preparation of land acquisition and a resettlement plan and social analysis;
o Initial environmental analysis;
o Confirmation of technical design and detailed cost estimates, and bid documentation;
o Assessment of eligibility for the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) program and preparation of CDM design documents; and
o Financial and economic due diligence of the project and the financial performance of Samoa’s Electric Power Corp.

The technical assistance is to include consultant services over 16 months from November 2008 to April 2010.

ADB plans a fact-finding mission of the Afulilo project in July. The consultant recruitment schedule is subject to final ADB approval of the project.

Information on the solicitation is on the ADB Internet site at Expressions of interest may be submitted by August 8 via the ADB Internet site at Terms of reference are available on the same site.

Under the tentative schedule, a short list of prospective bidders would be named by August 26. Requests for proposals would be due September 8-October 10. A contract would be awarded November 17, with work to begin November 24.

For information, contact Finance Secretary Hinauri Petana, Treasury, Ministry of Finance, P.O. Box 3017, Apia, Samoa; (685) 34331; Fax: (685) 24779.

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