Nepal seeks upgrade of 69-MW Marsyangdi, 15-MW Gandak, other work

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) seeks bids for equipment to modernize the 69-MW Marsyangdi and 15-MW Gandak hydroelectric projects as part of a program to upgrade hydropower, transmission, distribution, and other renewable energy in the mountain nation. Bids are due January 20, 2010.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a US$65 million loan to Nepal in November for an Energy Access and Efficiency Improvement Project. The loan covers 69 percent of the project’s US$93.7 million cost. The ADB-administered Climate Change Fund and Multi-donor Clean Energy Fund will provide another US$4.5 million in grants.

69-MW Marsyangdi, 15-MW Gandak

In one of several solicitations, NEA seeks bids by noon January 20 for weir control modernization and modification for the Marsyangdi project on the Marsyangdi River (No. MPS-2066/067-01) and for design, fabrication, supply, and installation of a trashrack cleaning machine for the Gandak project (No. GPS-2066/067-01).

Bid documents may be obtained for Marsyangdi from GM Office, Generation, Nepal Electricity Authority, Durbarmarg, Kathmandu, Nepal for 10,000 rupees (US$135) by bank voucher to GM Office Generation Current Account No. 610162 at Nepal Rastra Bank, Thapathali, or bank draft in favor of the project. Documents may be obtained by courier delivery by application to the address above accompanied by a fee of 15,000 rupees (US$203) by bank draft or manager’s check in favor of Nepal Electricity Authority.

Bids documents may be obtained in similar fashion for Gandak for 4,000 rupees (US$54) from the GM Office and for 9,000 rupees (US$122) for courier delivery.

The documents also are on the NEA Internet site, www.nea.org.np. For information, contact Project Manager for the relevant hydro plant, Nepal Electricity Authority, Durbarmarg, Kathmandu, Nepal; (977) 1-4153070; Fax: (977) 1-4153172, or see the ADB Internet site at www.adb.org/Business/Opportunities/not/nep/nep-eaeip1.asp or the NEA site, www.nea.org.np.

Transmission, substation construction

NEA also seeks bids for seven transmission and substation packages on dates from December 31 through January 5. That solicitation includes bids due by noon January 1 to build the Middle Marsyangdi-Damauli-Marsyangdi transmission line (No. MDD-066/67-01) to strengthen delivery of power from the Marsyangdi project and the 72-MW Middle Marsyangdi project. (HydroWorld 12/19/08)

Also sought are bids for the following:
o January 4, MDD-066/67-02 New Marsyangdi 132-kilovolt substation;
o December 31, CHAP-066/67-01 Chapali 132-kV substation;
o January 3, BKSCTLP-066/67-01 Butwal-Kohalpur 132-kV second circuit transmission line;
o January 5, BKSCTLP-066/67-02 Butwal-Kohalpur 132-kV substations;
o December 31 MSEP-066/67-01 Matatirha substation expansion;
o December 31 PFIP-066/67-01 power factor improvement project for substations.

Bid documents cost 25,000 rupees (US$337), plus 5,000 rupees (US68) for courier delivery, for each tender. Documents are on the NEA Internet site, www.nea.org.np. For information, see the ADB Internet site at www.adb.org/Business/Opportunities/not/nep/nep-eaeip.asp or the NEA site, www.nea.org.np.

Distribution system improvements

NEA also seeks bids for distribution system improvements. They include:
o January 26, DSAP-066/67-01 Package B1, Baniyani, Mirchaiya, Dhanushadham, Paraul, Barahathawa substations;
o January 27, DSAP-066/67-02 Package B2, Banskot, Kusma, Mainapokhar, Mulpani, Swayambhu, Mirmi substations;

Bid documents cost 25,000 rupees (US$337), plus 5,000 rupees (US68) for courier delivery, for each tender. Documents are posted on the NEA Internet site, www.nea.org.np. For information, see the ADB Internet site at www.adb.org/Business/Opportunities/not/nep/nep-eaeip2.asp or the NEA site, www.nea.org.np.

127-MW Upper Seti

The Nepal Energy Access and Efficiency Improvement Project also is to include development of detailed engineering designs and safeguard assessments of the 127-MW Upper Seti hydropower project to be built on the Seti River.

Upper Seti is among 10,000 MW of hydropower projects that have been established as a priority over ten years by Nepal Finance Minister Baburam Bhattarai.

The Upper Seti project work is expected to be solicited later along with tenders for a million compact fluorescent lamps, a thousand solar streetlights, and technical support for public-private partnerships in distribution.

For information, contact Managing Director, Nepal Electricity Authority, NEA Head Office, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal; (977) 1-4153007; Fax: (977) 1-4153009; E-mail: neamd@mos.com.np, uk.shrestha@nea.org.np; Internet: www.nea.org.np.

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