Afghan hydropower rehab bidding deadline extended

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to rehabilitate two small hydroelectric projects in Afghanistan. Bids now are due March 1, 2010.

The Corps previously called for bids by February 22 to refurbish the 4.8-MW Pul-e-Khumri 1 and 9-MW Pul-e-Khumri 2 projects in the city of Pul-e-Khumri in Baghlan Province. (HydroWorld 1/22/10) The Corps also previously dropped a third project from its tender plan, 200-kW Istalif in Istalif, Kabul Province.

Work is to include management, design, labor, equipment, and site security to rehabilitate only those components that currently prevent proper power generation at Pul-e-Khumri 1 and Pul-e-Khumri 2. The Corps revised the value of the work downward to between US$1 million and US$5 million. It previously was estimated at between US$5 million and US$10 million.

Pul-e-Khumri is to be the Afghan terminus of a new 157-kilometer transmission line from Tajikistan intended to carry Tajik hydropower through Afghanistan to Pakistan. Snowy Mountains Engineering Corp. received contracts in April 2009 from Tajikistan and Afghanistan to manage transmission line construction for a Central and South Asian grid system. (HydroWorld 4/29/09)

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W5J9JE10R0006 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Bids, in English, are due March 1. For information, contact Paul C. Daugherty, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Afghanistan, Afghanistan Engineer District, Kabul AFB, APO, AE 09356; (1) 540-677-5490; E-mail: paul.c.daugherty@usace.army.mil; Internet: www.afghaneic.org/PowePlants.html.

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