Romania reopens tender to rehabilitate 210-MW Stejaru hydroelectric project

Romania utility Hidroelectrica SA has reopened applications for pre-qualification to rehabilitate and modernize the 210-MW Stejaru hydroelectric project at Bicaz Dam in Romania. Responses are due March 15.

Hidroelectrica previously called for bids in January 2012. In 2011, it chose Swedish-based engineering firm Sweco to assist in the work at Stejaru (also called Stejarul). Sweco is to assist with project preparation, implementation, and completion.

Although the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved a 110 million euro (US$153.7 million) loan for the work, it now says the funding is conditional on cessation of insolvency proceedings against Hidroelectrica and EBRD’s approval of the utility’s business plan. (HRW November 2011)

The largest plant in a 450-MW cascade of hydro projects on the Bistrita River, Stejaru has been in operation for 50 years.

Hidroelectrica now seeks applications for pre-qualification for the rehabilitation work. It includes refurbishment or replacement of electro-mechanical equipment for six turbine-generators and related systems, and rehabilitation or replacement of hydro-mechanical equipment and penstocks. Other work includes upgrade of electrical equipment, instrumentation, controls, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. Contractors also would rehabilitate 110-kilovolt and 220-kV substations. The work is expected to require six years.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained in pdf form, free of charge, upon request to the address below.

Applications for pre-qualification are due by noon March 15. For information, contact Aurel Cocioran, S.C. Hidroelectrica SA, Refurbishment Department, 3 Constantin Nacu St., 2nd Sector, RO-020995 Bucharest, Romania; (40) 213032541; Fax: (40) 213032573; E-mail:

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