UPDATE – Ethiopia seeks EM equipment for 1,870-MW Gilgel Gibe 3

Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. (EEPCo) seeks bids to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the 1,870-MW Gilgel Gibe 3 hydroelectric project, under construction on Ethiopia’s Omo River. Bids are due April 30.

With funding from the African Development Fund, EEPCo seeks the equipment within the framework of an engineering-procurement-construction contract previously awarded to Salini Costruttori SpA of Italy. (HNN 1/29/08)

Ethiopia President Girma Woldegoirgis laid the cornerstone of the US$1.75 billion project January 24. Salini began initial work in December 2006 at the project site, 240 kilometers southwest of the Addis Ababa. The project includes a 240-meter-tall rockfill dam, tunnel, distribution and water diversion works, and a powerhouse.

EEPCo seeks design, supply, and installation of electro-mechanical equipment including:
o Generating units, including 10 187-MW vertical-shaft Francis turbine, synchronous generators, governors, butterfly valves, and excitation;
o Sixteen main step-up transformers;
o Switchyard; and
o Plant general auxiliary systems.

Bid documents may be obtained after February 29 from the address below by request labeled �Request for Bidding Documents for the Gibe III, ICB number: Gibe III HPP/EM/001/2008.� The request is to include a fee of US$200 or the equivalent in local currency, paid by banker’s check.

Bids are due by 1:30 p.m. April 30. For information, contact:
o Ethiopian Electric Power Corp., Gibe III Project Coordination Office, Bole Road (Africa Ave.), BeDesta Building, 1st Floor, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; (251) 11-5546830; Fax: (251) 11-5546844; E-mail: gibe3hpp_aa@yahoo.com;
o Contracts Manager, Overseas Division, Salini Costruttori SpA, Via della Dataria 22, 00187 Rome, Italy; (39) 06-6776306; Fax: (39) 06-6776378; E-mail: a.leopardo@salini.it.

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