Guyana seeks studies of small hydro sites

The government of Guyana invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies of small hydropower sites as part of an electrification program for unserved areas of the South American nation. Responses are due November 7.

The government said it plans studies of the general feasibility of hydropower sites on the Chiung River in Region 8 and Eclipse Falls in Region 1. Although details were not released, a government inventory of potential hydro sites lists two Chiung River sites, 300-kW Kato and 10-kW Kurukabaru, and a 4-MW Eclipse Falls site.

The studies, to begin in January, are to consider principal technical parameters, costs, potential markets for electricity, economic merit, and environmental and social effects. Four specialists will be required: a geologist or geotechnical engineer with hydropower or similar experience, a hydropower engineer, a financial analyst with experience in energy markets, and an environmental specialist.

Earlier this year, Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo noted Guyana has 7,000 MW of hydropower potential, with 67 possible hydro sites identified. (HNN 7/28/06)

Terms of reference for the proposed studies may be obtained from the government’s electricity sector Internet site, www.electricity.gov.gy.

Expressions of interest are due by 9 a.m. November 7 to Chairman, Ministry of Finance, Attn.: Hydropower Feasibility Study, National Procurement and Tender Administration Board, Northwestern Bldg., Main and Urquart Streets, Georgetown, Guyana.

For information, contact Office of the Project Implementation Unit, Office of the Prime Minister, Wight’s Lane, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana; (592) 2-263759; E-mail: uaep-piu@solutions2000.net; Internet: www.electricity.gov.gy.

Specialist to supervise hydro site studies

Under the same program, the government also seeks applications by October 27 from consultants to serve as a part-time independent hinterland electrification specialist.

The specialist is to assist the prime minister’s office in supervising the operational aspect of hinterland pilot projects. Work is to include: preparation of project designs; advising on all aspects of project proposals; inspection and monitoring of construction; and supervision of studies of selected hydropower sites.

Terms of reference may be obtained from the government’s electricity sector Internet site, www.electricity.gov.gy. Only persons who are nationals of Inter-American Development Bank countries will be considered.

Applications, including qualifications and references, are due October 27 to the address below. Applications, labeled “Vacancy – Electrification Specialist,” must by submitted in hard copy, or an e-mailed document in pdf format with hard copy duplicate.

For information, contact Principal Project Coordinator, Unserved Areas Electrification Program, Office of the Prime Minister, Wight’s Lane, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana; E-mail: uaep-piu@solutions2000.net; Internet: www.electricity.gov.gy.

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