Tajikistan seeks consultant for switchyard tender at 3,000-MW Nurek

Tajikistan utility Barki Tojik invites expressions of interest from consultants for tender preparation and construction supervision of switchyard replacement at the 3,000-MW Nurek hydroelectric project on Tajikistan’s Vakhsh River. Responses are due January 19.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a US$54.77 million grant to Tajikistan in November to finance the project. (HNN 11/24/08) Barki Tojik (or Barki Tajik) plans to recruit an engineering-procurement-construction contractor by international bidding under ADB guidelines. Work would begin in February 2009 for completion in January 2014.

In the current solicitation, the utility seeks a total of 85 person-months of international consultants for planning and design, procurement of goods and services, tender preparation and evaluation, preparation of contract documents, and supervision of construction and commissioning. A budget of US$3.1 million is set for the work.

Nurek’s two switchyards were built more than 30 years ago on unstable ground that has been submerging, preventing the plant from delivering a stable supply of power. ADB said its funds would be used to replace outdated equipment in the 500-kilovolt switchyard, with new switchgear moved to a more stable area of the plant.

The government and Barki Tojik are to provide counterpart funding of US$12.1 million for the project.

Tender information may be obtained from the ADB Internet site at http://csrn.adb.org:8080/csrn/publicNoticeList.htm?projectNo=42189&projectSeqNo=01&projectTypeCd=2&listingNo=G1&pageSource=MainPage#.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due to the Barki Tojik address below by January 19. Barki Tojik plans to invite short-listed firms to submit technical and financial proposals.

For information, contact Open Joint Stock Holding Company Barki Tojik, Power Projects Management Unit, Director S. Rahimov, 39-A Kahorova St., 734005 Dushanbe, Tajikistan; (992) 37-2211741; Fax: (992) 37-2215841; E-mail: pmu@mkf.tj.

The ADB project officer is Jim Liston, Energy Specialist, CWRD, Asian Development Bank, 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, Philippines; E-mail: jliston@adb.org; Internet: www.adb.org.

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