UPDATE – Consultants called for Bhutan, including 114-MW Dagachhu

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) seeks expressions of interest from consultants to advance a Bhutan Power Development project that includes preparation of the 114-MW Dagachhu hydroelectric project. Responses are due December 11.

ADB proposes US$1.6 million in technical assistance to the Bhutan Ministry of Energy for the program, which is intended to strengthen the hydropower sector and accelerate hydropower development. (HNN 11/15/06) It also is to extend electricity to remote rural households, enhance regionwide energy efficiency, and advance cross-border economic cooperation.

The project grew out of the ADB’s previous Rural Electrification/Renewable Energy project. (HNN 3/15/06)
The technical assistance is to prepare and strengthen comprehensive project design, feasibility assessment, financing plans, and implementation plans for three components:
o Rural electrification of 8,934 households;
o Interregional transmission links of 45 kilometers between Dhajay and Gelephu; and
o Development for power export of 114-MW Dagachhu, a run-of-river project with 19 kilometers of transmission to deliver power.

A financial package is to be devised through public-private partnerships in which an optimal financing/guaranteeing scheme will be sought from public and private investors and lenders.

A total of 40 person-months of international consultants and 32 person-months of domestic consultants would be required over 14 months. Work is expected to be carried out between March 2007 and May 2008.

Expressions of interest may be submitted until December 11 via the ADB Internet site, www.adb.org, under Opportunities/Business Opportunities/Consulting Services Recruitment Notices/Bhutan/Preparing for the Bhutan Power Development. Terms of reference are available on the website.

The ADB project officer is Kaoru Ogino, Energy Division, SARD, Asian Development Bank, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6326211; E-mail: kogino@adb.org; Internet: www.adb.org.

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