Georgia sees rehab tenders for 1,250-MW Enguri, 245-MW Vardnili cascade

The government of Georgia plans tendering in the second quarter of 2010 for rehabilitation of 1,250-MW Enguri Dam and the 245-MW Vardnili hydropower cascade on Georgia’s Enguri River.

Project operator Engurhesi Ltd. has been carrying out rehabilitation of Enguri Dam for several years with funding from several international lenders. (HydroWorld 12/7/07) It said the initial stage of work under the Enguri hydropower plant rehabilitation program is complete.

The government said in 2008 it would seek bids for 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. (HydroWorld 8/5/08)

Engurhesi now says it will seek bids under the rehab program to carry out additional work valued at 40 million euros (US$53 million). Tendering is expected for:
o Civil works for rehabilitation of Vardnili 1 dam and spillways;
o Supply and installation for rehabilitation of two remaining generating units of Enguri;
o Goods and services for clearing and dredging the Vardnili channel;
o Goods and services for safety equipment at Vardnili 1; and
o Domestic and international consulting services for works supervision.

Russian power developer Inter RAO UES announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with Georgia officials in December 2008 to cooperate in the operation of Enguri. (HRW March 2009) Enguri is located on the Enguri River, which divides Georgia from its breakaway province of Abkhazia. In August 2008, Russian troops and forces from Abkhazia occupied the hydro project as part of an invasion of Russian troops into Georgian territory.

Prospective suppliers, contractors, and consultants for Enguri and Vardnili rehabilitation are invited to contact the address below. 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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