Georgia seeks bids to refurbish waterways of 1,250-MW Enguri, 245-Vardnili cascade

Georgia project operator Engurhesi Ltd. seeks bids for civil works construction to refurbish waterways and to construct a new discharge channel for the 1,250-MW Enguri hydroelectric project and the 245-MW Vardnili hydropower cascade on Georgia’s Enguri River. Bids are due May 14.

Engurhesi pre-qualified bidders for the work in 2012. It also awarded a contract in 2012 to JV GeoEngineering/Hydrosphere of Georgia for topographic and bathymetric studies of waterways for the Vardnili cascade.

Engurhesi has been pursuing rehabilitation of Enguri and the Vardnili cascade — 125-MW Vardnili 1 and Vardnili 2, 3, and 4 of 40 MW each — for several years with funding from international lenders. The projects were built in the 1970s as part of the same scheme. Three of the Vardnili plants were destroyed during civil war leaving the water channel without maintenance for 15 years.

The project operator now seeks bids for rehabilitation of existing waterways, including spillway and tailrace channels, and construction of a new reinforced concrete discharge channel from a low-level outlet. Pre-qualified firms are required to confirm that they meet revised criteria because the scope of work has increased significantly, Engurhesi said.

Tender documents may be obtained from the address below in digital format free of charge. A hard copy version may be obtained from the address below for 200 euros (US$256) or the equivalent in other convertible currency. Payment is to Intermediary Bank: Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt, Germany, Swift: DEUTDEFF, Bank Account: LTD Engurhesi, ProCredit Bank Georgia, Account No. (euro): GE59 PC01 7360 0100 0150 15, Swift: MIBGGE22.

Bids are due to the address below by 2 p.m. May 14. For information, contact Project Manager Malkhaz Tskvitishvili, Engurhesi Ltd., Project Implementation Unit, 8 Politkovskaia St., 2nd Floor, Tbilisi 0186 Georgia; (995) 32-2188011; Fax: (995) 32-2188022; E-mail: malkhaz@caucasus.net.

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