Bids are sought for related transmission line work in Tajikistan and in Afghanistan as part of a Central and South Asian grid system to export Tajikistan and Kyrgystan hydropower through Afghanistan to Pakistan.
A pre-bid meeting is scheduled January 15 for the Tajikistan portion of the work, with bids due February 15. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled January 30 for the Afghanistan portion of the work, with bids due March 3.
Both projects are proposed for funding by the Asian Development Bank. The Central Asian states use all their electricity in the winter, but are left with a power surplus in the summer months, while Afghan cities are without power for much of the day all year round and growth in Pakistan has been held back by a power shortage. (HNN 11/19/07)
The two grid projects meet at a border river crossing at Karandum, Tajikistan, and Shekanbandar, Afghanistan. The chosen contractors are to cooperate in stringing a connecting circuit across the Planj River.
The Tajikistan work includes construction of 89.3 kilometers of double-circuit 220-kilovolt transmission line from the river crossing to the site of a proposed 220-kV switchyard at VATZ, the Vaksh Nitrogen Plant. Also included is construction of 28.3 kilometers of 220-kV line from the VATZ switchyard to the nearly complete 670-MW Sangtuda 1 hydroelectric project on the Vakhsh River. (HNN 12/20/07) The contractor also is to build two 220-kV feeder bays at a 220-kV substation at Sangtuda 1 to accommodate the new transmission line to the border.
The Afghanistan work includes construction of 61.2 kilometers of double-circuit 220-kilovolt transmission line from the river crossing to a new 220-kV switchyard at the Kunduz Substation. Also included is construction of 95.3 kilometers of 220-kV line from the new switchyard to a new 220-kV Pul-e-Khumri Substation.
Bid documents for the Tajikistan work, in English and Russian, may be obtained from the address below for US$500 and a request labeled �Plant Design, Supply, and Installation for the Tajikistan Component of the Tajikistan-Afghanistan 220-kV Interconnection Project.� A pre-bid meeting is set for 10 a.m. January 15.
Bids for the Tajikistan work are due by noon February 15. For information, contact Executive Director Rahimov Sanat, Project Management Unit for Electro-Energy Sector, Kakhorova 39-A Tajikistan; E-mail: email@example.com; Internet: www.adb.org/Business/Opportunities/not/taj/taj2303.asp.
Bid documents for the Afghanistan work, in English, may be obtained from the address below free of charge or they may be obtained from the Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services Internet site, www.ards.org.af. A pre-bid meeting is set for 10 a.m. January 30.
Bids for the Afghanistan work are due by 10 a.m. March 3. For information, contact Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services (ARDS), Attn.: Procurement Adviser (MEW/699), 5th &6th Floor, Ministry of Economy, Malik Asghar Square, Kabul, Afghanistan; (93) 799-300588, (93) 20-2103608; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org; Internet: www.adb.org/Business/Opportunities/not/afg/afg2304.asp.