Papua New Guinea seeks procurement consultant including 80-MW Naoro Brown hydro project

Papau New Guinea

Papua New Guinea utility PNG Power Ltd. seeks applications from consultants to serve as procurement adviser to its Energy Sector Development Project, which includes development of the 80-MW Naoro Brown hydroelectric project. Applications are due May 31.

With World Bank funding, the Department of Petroleum and Energy and PNG are promoting the energy sector project, including Component 1, institutional and policy development for renewable energy and rural electrification, and Component 2, technical assistance to prepare and plan hydropower supply for Port Moresby by developing the Naoro Brown project on the Brown River.

The World Bank recruited hydropower engineers in 2011 to support its team preparing hydroelectric projects in Papua New Guinea. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) also provided funding to PNG for renewable energy projects including run-of-river hydro plants. ADB recruited experts in October to refurbish or expand the five-plant 66.2-MW Rouna hydroelectric cascade in Papua New Guinea.

In the current solicitation, PNG seeks a part-time consultant over five years, with most work occurring in the first two years, to provide technical assistance in procuring goods and services. Work includes preparing the bidding process, bidding documentation, and contract conditions. Procurement is for both components of the energy sector plan, including the Naoro Brown hydro plant. PNG named Hydro Tasmania Consultancy to perform a feasibility study of Naoro Brown whose financing is at an advanced stage, PNG said.

Applications including resumes are due to the address below by May 31. For information, contact Director Chris Bais, Strategic Planning and Business Development, PNG Power Ltd., Corner Wards Rd./Cordia St., Hohola, P.O. Box 1105, Boroko, NCD, Papua New Guinea; (675) 3243546; Fax: (675) 3250008; E-mail: cbais@pngpower.com.pg; Internet: www.pngpower.com.pg.

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