Norway seeks hydro project studies in Bhutan

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) seeks bids for pre-feasibility and reconnaissance studies of selected hydropower projects in Bhutan. Bids are due March 26.

With financing from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), NVE seeks the studies on behalf of Bhutan’s Department of Energy (DOE). Under the Norad-funded Accelerated Hydropower Development Program, the studies are to evaluate geological, geotechnical, and hydrological aspects of the hydro projects in addition to financial, economic, and environmental conditions.

Additionally, DOE would like to develop its own capacity for such studies, so DOE personnel are to participate in the consultant’s team and shall gradually take over responsibility during the studies. The work is to require 23 months with a budget of 13.5 million kroner (US$1.97 million).

In 2008, the Asian Development Bank also recruited consultants to help Bhutan promote hydropower development. (HNN 9/10/08) DOE’s 10th Plan anticipates construction of nearly a dozen hydro projects to meet domestic needs and to export nearly 5,000 MW to India by 2020. (HNN 2/26/08)

Tender documents may be obtained from the address below. Bids, in English, are due to the address below by noon March 26.

For information, contact Norges Vassdrags- og Energidirektorat (NVE), Internasjonal Seksjon, Attn.: David Alan Wright, Middelthuns gt 29, Postboks 5091, Majorstua, N-0301, Oslo, Norway; (47) 22959595; E-mail: daw@nve.no; Internet: www.nve.no.

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