Georgia to seek gate control refurbishment for 1,270-MW Enguri

Georgia hydro operator Engurhesi Ltd. plans to seek bids for rehabilitation of the control system for low-level outlet gates at 1,270-MW Enguri Dam.

In January, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development approved a US$10 million addition to its US$38.75 million lending program to fully restore Enguri, the primary source of power in Georgia. (HNN 1/31/07) Engurhesi, which already has rehabilitated three generating units, now plans to refurbish two remaining units and to carry out additional civil rehabilitation.

The total US$15 million second-phase work includes two contract extensions with existing contractors: civil works for dam and waterway rehabilitation, and electro-mechanical works at the power station. In 2002, Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation received a contract for four years of modernization work on three of the five generating units.

However, Engurhesi plans an open international tender for rehabilitation of the hydraulic and electrical control system of low-level outlet gates on the arch dam. Tendering is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2007.

Interested suppliers, contractors, and consultants are invited to contact Project Manager Malkhaz Tskvitishvili, Engurhesi Ltd., Project Implementation Unit, 50, I. Chavchavadze Ave., 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia; (995) 32-204010; Fax: (995) 32-292137; E-mail: enguripiu@caucasus.net.

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