Afghans seek study, training consultants for 100-MW Naghlu hydro rehabilitation project

Afghanistan national utility Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) invites expressions of interest from consultants to help hire feasibility study and training contractors for rehabilitation of the 100-MW Naghlu hydroelectric project on Kabul River. Responses to two solicitations are due September 13 and October 21.

Since 2006, the World Bank has been financing the rehabilitation of electrical and electro-mechanical parts of the Naghlu project, which was built with help from the Soviet Union in the 1960s. In 2008, the Ministry of Energy and Water recruited contractors for rehabilitation of transmission switchyards at Naghlu and the 66-MW Mahipar and 22-MW Sarobi (or Saroubi) hydroelectric projects, also on the Kabul.

In August, DABS recruited consultants to help initiate a new rehabilitation project at Naghlu. Although the initial emergency rehab project closed in March, two primary problems emerged, sediment build-up on the dam face blocking the bottom outlet, and lack of an auxiliary power source, requiring manual operation of spillway gates and inlet valves if the plant is not generating. As a result, the World Bank and its clients agreed on a new grant for Naghlu rehabilitation covering: mechanical, electrical, and electro-mechanical works; dam safety improvements; feasibility and design studies on increasing reservoir regulation capacity; environmental and social sustainability; DABS project management; and capacity development and scale-up including early support for development of a Kunar River hydropower cascade.

In the first of two solicitations, DABS currently invites expressions of interest by September 13 for a consultant to serve as feasibility study adviser. The consultant is to assist the Naghlu Hydropower Working Group to revise terms of reference for a dam safety audit, prepare terms of reference for a feasibility study of increasing the height of the dam crest, and prepare requests for proposals for that work. The work is to require four to six weeks.

In a separate solicitation, DABS invites expressions of interest by October 21 for a consultant to serve as training adviser for the project. The consultant is to help DABS prepare terms of reference for training of Naghlu personnel and for translation of software and technical files into one or both national languages, and prepare requests for proposals for that work. The work is to require 60 days.

The requests for expressions of interest for the two consulting jobs may be obtained from the DABS Internet site, www.dabs.af.

Responses to both solicitations are due to the address below. For information, contact HR Manager M. Khalid Ashhar, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Chamane Hozuri, Kabul Nandari, Kabul, Afghanistan; (93) 777722360; E-mail: hr@dabs.af, khalid.ashhar@dabs.af; Internet: www.dabs.af.

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