Bosnia names seven pre-qualifiers for construction of 20-MW Vranduk hydropower project

Utility Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and Herzegovina has pre-qualified seven groups to bid for construction of the 20-MW Vranduk hydroelectric project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Elektroprivreda invited pre-qualification for the work in March.

The utility identified qualifying groups as:

  • Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti — C.M.C. di Ravenna, Italy;
  • Kolin Insaat Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., Turkey;
  • Konzorcijum — RIKO d.o.o., Slovenia, and Euro Asfalt d.o.o., Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • China International Water & Electric Corp. (CWE), China;
  • Cengiz Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., Turkey;
  • JV Strabag AG/Koncar Inzinjering za Energetiku i Transport;
  • Dongfang Electric Corp. Ltd., China.

Elektroprivreda set a deadline of November 11 for the groups to submit bids for the project.

Work is to include design, construction, equipment manufacturing and installation, testing and commissioning of Vranduk. The run-of-river project is to include a dam, fish ladder, intake, power tunnel, powerhouse containing three Kaplan turbine-generators, a 6-kilometer-long reservoir, tailrace, deepening of the riverbed downstream and access roads.

The European Investment Bank approved a US$52 million loan to Elektroprivreda in April for construction of Vranduk, the first hydropower project to be implemented in Bosnia in 30 years. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development approved a US$46.4 million loan in 2013 for construction of Vranduk on the Bosna River, refurbishment of the 9.4-MW Una Kostela hydroelectric project, and construction of the 6.4-MW Una Kostela Annex on the Una River.

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