Afghan hydropower rehab solicitation revised, extended

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has revised and extended a planned solicitation to rehabilitate small hydroelectric projects in Afghanistan. The Corps dropped one of the three projects from the tender plan and extended the proposed bidding deadline to December 30, 2009.

The Corps previously said it would call for bids by December 13 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 and 200-kW Istalif in Istalif, Kabul Province. (HydroWorld 11/9/09)

The new solicitation drops the Istalif project from the request.

Work is to include management, design, labor, equipment, and site security to rehabilitate only those components that currently prevent proper power generation. The value of the work is 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 from Tajikistan and Afghanistan to manage transmission line construction for a Central and South Asian grid system. (HydroWorld 4/29/09)

The Corps now plans to issue a solicitation for the hydro project work about November 30. A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site,, by entering Solicitation No. W5J9JE10R0006 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Bids, in English, are expected to be due December 30. 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:; Internet:


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