Georgia seeks engineer for rehab of 1,250-MW Enguri, 245-MW Vardnili

The government of Georgia invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as independent engineer for rehabilitation of 1,250-MW Enguri Dam and the 245-MW Vardnili hydropower cascade on Georgia’s Enguri River. Responses are due December 23.

Project operator Engurhesi Ltd. has been carrying out rehabilitation of Enguri Dam for several years with funding from several international lenders. Georgia recruited consultants in June to serve as project and finance manager, electro-mechanical expert, and civil engineering expert for work on Enguri and Vardnili cascade.

In addition to further work on Enguri, the government plans rehabilitation of the four-plant Vardnili cascade, including upgrading the 125-MW Vardnili 1 project to 210 MW. Hydro-mechanical and preparatory work also was planned for the Vardnili 2, 3, and 4 plants of 40 MW each.

Enguri and the Vardnili cascade were built in the 1970s as part of the same scheme. Enguri releases water into the Vardnili water channel where the four Vardnili plants operated. Three of the Vardnili plants were destroyed during civil war leaving the water channel without maintenance for 15 years.

Georgia recently requested financing to complete Enguri rehabilitation as well as safety work on the Vardnili cascade, in particular for Vardnili 1 Dam and the Vardnili water channel. Engurhesi currently seeks an independent engineer to monitor and supervise the rehabilitation project.

The independent engineer is to mitigate project implementation risks and ensure compliance of the project with lending banks’ rules including environmental and social policy and procurement. The work is to be carried from first quarter 2011 through the end of 2013.

Expressions of interest and qualifications in English are due to the address below by 4 p.m. December 23. Submissions are to be labeled “Expression of Interest for Enguri HPP and Vardnili Cascade Rehabilitation Project/Independent Engineer.”

Engurhesi plans to short list firms for an invitation to bid.

For information, contact Project Manager Malkhaz Tskvitishvili, Engurhesi Ltd., Project Implementation Unit, 50, I. Chavchavadze av., 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia; (995) 32-204010; Fax: (995) 32-292137; E-mail: enguripiu@caucasus.net.

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