Solomon Islands seeks social assessment of 15-MW Tina River

HONIARA, Solomon Islands 3/21/12 (PennWell) — The government of the Solomon Islands invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a social assessment and indigenous peoples plan for the proposed 15-MW Tina River hydroelectric project. Responses are due April 4.

The government solicited firms in 2011 to develop the Tina River project on Guadalcanal Island on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. Australian consultant Entura is completing a feasibility study of the project that proposes a 57-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam, a 250-meter tunnel, three 750-meter penstocks, and a 15-MW power station.

The Solomons’ Ministry for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification recruited consultants in January to perform an environmental and social impact assessment of the project. It said the results of that study are to provide a foundation for the social assessment and indigenous peoples plan.

The agency seeks consultants for about six months to perform field studies, literature review, consultation with stakeholders, preparation of a report, and incorporation of amendments following review. It seeks consultants with experience in social analysis in Melanesia, preferably in the Solomons, as well as experience in natural resources projects, familiarity with World Bank standards, and experience in Guadalcanal and its languages.

Expressions of interest, and qualifications, are due to the address below by mail or e-mail by April 4.

For information, contact: Project Manager Mark France, Tina River Hydropower Development Project, Project Management Office, P.O. Box G37, Honiara, Solomon Islands; (677) 25133; E-mail: mark.france@tina-hydro.com.

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Solomon Islands seeks environmental, social study of 15-MW Tina River

HONIARA, Solomon Islands 12/21/11 (PennWell) — The government of the Solomon Islands invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform an environmental and social impact assessment of the proposed 15-MW Tina River hydroelectric project. Responses are due January 20, 2012.

The government recruited firms in November to develop the Tina River project on Guadalcanal Island on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. (HydroWorld 11/2/11) Australian consultant Entura is completing a feasibility study of the project that proposes a 57-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam, a 250-meter tunnel, three 750-meter penstocks, and a 15-MW power station.

The Solomons’ Ministry for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification now seeks expressions of interest from firms to perform an environmental and social impact assessment of the project to meet World Bank and European Investment Bank standards.

Expressions of interest are due to the address below by mail or e-mail by January 20. The ministry plans to select a shortlist of a maximum of six firms, with no more than two from any one country.

For information, contact: Tina River Hydropower Development Project, Project Management Office, Attn.: Project Manager Mark France, P.O. Box G37, Honiara, Solomon Islands; (677) 25133; E-mail: mark.france@tina-hydro.com.