Laos seeks feasibility studies of 185-MW Houay Lamphan Gnai

The government of Laos invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform technical and environmental feasibility studies of the 185-MW Houay Lamphan Gnai hydropower project in southern Laos. Responses are due May 30.

The project is part of a Greater Mekong Subregion power trade program for which Laos has requested World Bank funding. It previously received a Japan Policy and Human Resources Development Fund (PHRD) grant for the program, which is aimed at cooperation among nations in the Mekong River Basin to exchange power generated by basin hydroelectric projects.

Two consultants are to be hired to carry out separate assignments on Houay Lamphan Gnai. One is a technical-economic feasibility study comparing two project alternatives identified by a pre-feasibiity study, selecting one, and performing a detailed feasibility study of the chosen alternative.

The other assignment is an environmental and social impact assessment of the two alternatives, selection of one, and performance of detailed environmental, social, and resettlement assessment of the chosen alternative.

Expressions of interest may be submitted by May 30 to the addresses below for one or both assignments, although they must be submitted separately. Consultants will be short-listed for one assignment or the other. Selected consultants will work in coordination with each other.

For information, contact:
o Department of Electricity, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Deputy Director General Daovong Phonekeo, Nong Bone Road, P.O. Box 4708, Vientiane, Laos; (856) 21-951072; Fax: (856) 21-413013; E-mail: daovongph@yahoo.com;
o Department of Electricity, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Chantho Milattanapheng, Chief of Social and Environmental Management Division, Nong Bone Road, P.O. Box 4708, Vientiane, Laos; (856) 21-412789; Fax: (856) 21-453182; E-mail: hhpo@laotel.com.

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