Liberia seeks operation, maintenance for 60- to 80-MW Mount Coffee hydro project

The government of Liberia invites applications for pre-qualification for operation, maintenance and capacity building services for the 64-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric project, which is undergoing rehabilitation. Responses due June 19.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf formally broke ground in January for rehabilitation of the hydropower plant, which was destroyed during a period of civil war in the early 1990s, making the cost of repairs and upgrades to 60 to 80 MW an estimated US$230 million. The government invited pre-qualification in May to reconstruct the main dam and rehabilitate the project powerhouse.

Voith won an order in 2013 to modernize Francis turbines and deliver new generators, control technology, and electrical and mechanical power plant equipment for Mount Coffee.

The government now invites pre-qualification for operation, maintenance and capacity building services at Mount Coffee. The work requires establishment of an O&M organization and recruitment of staff and encompasses implementation and management of O&M of the power plant and training of local employees for an agreed period.

The government said applicants mainly should be power companies, although it would consider applications from joint ventures of a hydropower generator and a hydropower design consultant.

Qualification documents may be obtained until June 13 from the Mount Coffee Project Implementation Unit address below for US$200 paid by:

  • US dollar transfer: Pay: United Bank for Africa PLC, Nigeria; Swift Code: UNAFNGLA; Through: Citibank New York, United States; Swift Code: CITIUS33; Routing No. 021000089; Account No. 36320321; Beneficiary Account No. 53030030002628; Beneficiary: LEC Mount Coffee Project, Liberia Electricity Corp., P.O. Box 10-165, Waterside, Monrovia, Liberia; UBA branch: United Bank for Africa (Liberia) Ltd., Broad & Nelson Streets, Monrovia, Liberia;
  • Euro transfer: Pay: United Bank for Africa PLC, Nigeria; Swift Code: UNAFNGLA; Through: Citibank London, U.K.; Swift Code: CITIGB2L; Account No. 0013664082; Sort code: 185008; IBAN: GB29CITI18500813664082; Beneficiary Account No. 53030030002628; Beneficiary: LEC Mount Coffee Project, Liberia Electricity Corp., P.O. Box 10-165, Waterside, Monrovia, Liberia; UBA branch: United Bank for Africa (Liberia) Ltd., Broad & Nelson Streets, Monrovia, Liberia.

Requests for clarification related to qualification are due to the Mount Coffee Project Implementation Unit address below by 5 p.m., Central European Time, June 13.

Applications for pre-qualification labeled, “Application for Pre-qualification for the Operation, Maintenance and Capacity Building Services Contract for the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant,” are due by 2:30 p.m., Central European Time, June 19 to the address below of owner’s engineer Norplan-Fichtner Mount Coffee Joint Venture.

For information, contact:

  • Director Randall Enns, Mount Coffee Project Implementation Unit, Liberia Electricity Corp., P.O. Box 10-165, Waterside, Monrovia, Liberia; (231) 770-169825; E-mail: renns@mhi.ca.
  • Steinar Grongstad, Norplan-Fichtner Mount Coffee Joint Venture, c/o Norplan AS, Nedre Skoyen vei 2, N-0275 Oslo, Norway; (47) 21585509; E-mail: steiner.grongstad@multiconsult.no.

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