Bulgaria seeks consultant for hydro project rehabilitation program

Bulgaria utility Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania EAD (NEK) invites expressions of interest from consultants for a program to rehabilitate major hydroelectric projects. Responses are due September 16.

NEK is carrying out the hydro rehabilitation program with funding from a program to help offset closure of the 2,000-MW Kozloduy nuclear power plant.

The rehab program has two sub-projects:

  • Rehabilitation of the Belmeken-Sestrimo-Chaira hydro complex featuring the 375-MW Belmeken Pumped-Storage project, and 240-MW Sestrimo, 864-MW Chaira and 120-MW Momina Klisura hydro projects; and
  • Rehabilitation of the 14-MW Vacha 1 hydro project 110-kilovolt switchyard and other hydro power project systems of integrated control. The Vacha 1 and 7-MW Vacha 2 plants are located at 80-MW Krichim Dam.

NEK seeks consultants to assist its project management unit in technical and procurement preparation, tendering and contracting, contract management and on-site supervision of implementation, monitoring, assessment and reporting of results of the rehabilitation program. With a budget of 300,000 euros (US$397,745), the work is to begin in fourth quarter 2014 and last 50 months.

The consultant team is to include a project manager, procurement expert, technical review experts and technical supervisors.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Internet site under http://www.ebrd.com/english/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/project/140801e.shtml.

Responses are due September 16 to the address below. For information, contact July Lambriev, Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania EAD, 5 Vesletz Str., 1040 Sofia, Bulgaria; Fax: (359) 29861288; E-mail: grant-hydro@nek.bg.

Companies interested in actually performing the rehabilitation work also are invited to contact the address above.

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