Georgia seeks builders to expand grid for hydropower export

Georgia utility Energotrans Ltd. invites applications for pre-qualification for three contracts to build portions of the Black Sea Transmission Project, called a pre-condition for development of Georgia’s vast hydropower resources. Responses to three solicitations are due November 24, 2009.

On behalf of Georgia’s Ministry of Energy, German lender KfW Entwicklungsbank recruited consultants in 2008 for the project, which is aimed at stabilizing Georgia’s power transmission network and facilitating large-scale trade of electricity among Georgia, other South Caucasus countries, and particularly Turkey. (HydroWorld 10/16/08)

“The project will establish one important pre-condition for the development of Georgia’s vast hydropower resources,” the government said.

Georgia’s energy minister has said the former Soviet republic seeks private investors to build about 300 hydroelectric projects totaling 22,000 MW to make Georgia a major electricity exporter. In September, the government said a consortium of companies is expected to invest US$1 billion in the construction of three plants in the Namakhvani Cascade of the Rioni River totaling 450 MW: 250-MW Namakhvani, 100-MW Zhoneti, and 100-MW Tvishi. (HydroWorld 9/3/09)

The Black Sea Transmission Project involves building an asynchronous interconnection between the 500-kilovolt network of Georgia and the 400-kV network of Turkey. The government invites applications for pre-qualification for three separate packages:
o Package A: 500-kV and 400-kV overhead lines and associated equipment;
o Package B: 500-kV, 400-kV, and 220-kV substations at Zestafoni, Akhaltsikhe, and Gardabani; and
o Package C: 500/400-kV, 350-MW high-voltage direct current back-to-back facilities at Akhaltsikhe near the Georgia-Turkey border.

Pre-qualification documents for each package may be obtained from consultant Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG at the address below. There is a document fee of 100 euros (US$149) for each package to be paid by wire transfer to Bank of Georgia, SWIFT: BAGAGE22, 3, Pushkin St., 0105 Tbilisi, Georgia, Account No. 331415000; Intermediary bank: American Express Bank Frankfurt, SWIFT: AEIBDEFX, Beneficiary: Energotrans Ltd. Documents will be delivered by courier for an additional fee of 50 euros (US$75) payable to Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG, Account No. 12 56 882 00, Deutsche Bank AG Stuttgart, SWIFT/BIC Code: DEUT DE SS, IBAN: DE62 6007 0070 0125 6882 00.

Applications for pre-qualification are due by noon Tbilisi time, November 24. For information, contact:
o Gerhard Rudolph, Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG, Sarweystrasse 3, D-70191 Stuttgart, Germany, or P.O. Box 10 14 54, D-70013 Stuttgart, Germany; (49) 711-8995245; Fax: (49) 711-8995459; E-mail: gerhard.rudolph@fichtner.de;
o Director David Nioradze, Energotrans Ltd., 2, Baratashvili St., Tbilisi 0105 Georgia; (995) 32-209111; Fax: (995) 32-989820; E-mail: dato.nioradze@gse.com.ge.

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