Asian bank seeks engineer for rehab or construction of six Samoa mini-hydro projects

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) invites expressions of interest to serve as owners engineer to help Samoa’s electric utility rehabilitate three mini-hydropower projects totaling 4.69 MW and build three new mini-hydro projects totaling 810 kW. Responses are due January 8, 2014.

ADB provided US$23.8 million to Samoa in November to repair hydro projects on Upolu Island that were damaged in December 2012 by Cyclone Evan, while also funding another three new facilities on Upolu and Savai’i Island. The projects are intended to help Samoa decrease its dependency on diesel-generated energy, which currently accounts for about 60 percent of the country’s total power supply.

ADB recruited consultants in February to study seven mini-hydropower projects and the expansion of an existing small project, and to prepare an investment plan to implement the projects.

On behalf of Samoa’s Electric Power Corp., ADB now invites expressions of interest in serving as owners engineer to prepare bidding documents, assist in the bidding process, and supervise project design, supply, construction, and commissioning. The owners engineer also is to help develop EPC’s capacity to perform operation and maintenance of the hydro projects. The work has a budget of US$600,000 for 20 months.

The owners engineer is to supervise a turnkey contract for rehabilitation and grid reconnection of cyclone-damaged projects 1.74-MW Fale ole Fee, 1.9-MW Samasoni, and 1.05-MW Alaoa, all on Upolu. The engineer also is to supervise constructing and interconnecting 190-kW Faleaseela and 460-kW Tafitoala on Upolu and 160-kW Faleata on Savai’i.

A solicitation notice, including terms of reference, may be obtained from the ADB Internet site, www.adb.org, under the links “Businesses,” “Consulting Opportunities,” “Energy,” “GRANT-0371.”

Expressions of interest are to be submitted via the ADB website by January 8. For information, contact:

  • Chief Executive Officer Tupaimatuna Iulai Lavea, Ministry of Finance, Government of Samoa, Private Bag, Apia, Samoa; (685) 22-042, Fax: (685) 21-312; E-mail: iulai.lavea@mof.gov.ws.
  • General Manager Tologata Tile Leia Tuimalealiifano, Electric Power Corp., P.O. Box 2011, Apia, Samoa; (685) 65-401; Fax: (685) 23-748; E-mail: leiat@epc.ws; Internet: www.epc.ws.
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