Solomon Islands reissue study tender for 10-MW Tina River hydro

The government of the Solomon Islands has reissued a call for expressions of interest from consultants to perform a feasibility study of the 10- to 12-MW Tina River hydroelectric project on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Responses now are due March 19.

The Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification previously called for responses by February 20. (HydroWorld 2/10/09) The current solicitation, which refers to a funding application to the European Investment Bank, supersedes the previous solicitation, which referred to World Bank funding.

In 2007, the World Bank invited expressions of interest for a pre-feasibility study of seven kilometers of the Tina River, a tributary of the Ngalimbu River, in a project then called Ngalimbu Hydropower Development. (HydroWorld 3/2/07)

The current solicitation seeks a feasibility study including a detailed technical assessment, preliminary design, and assessment of financial viability of the Tina River hydropower project. It also seeks assessment of possible options to expand the project to satisfy potential future power demand.

Expressions of interest and qualifications of no more than 30 pages are due to the address below by March 19. Firms that responded to the first solicitation need not reapply, but will be automatically considered.

For information, contact Permanent Secretary, Tione Bugotu, Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification, P.O. Box G37, Lengakiki Ridge, Honiara, Solomon Islands; (677) 28609; Fax: (677) 25811; E-mail: mrobo@mines.gov.sb, bulehite@mines.gov.sb; Internet: www.mines.gov.sb.

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