UPDATE – Vietnam extends date for supervisor of 156-MW Song Bung 4

Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) and its project manager have extended the deadline for expressions of interest from consultants to serve as implementation supervisor for construction of the 156-MW Song Bung 4 hydroelectric project. The response deadline is extended to November 10 from October 31.

The Asian Development Bank is considering a proposal to provide US$196.5 million in funding for construction of Song Bung 4 on the Song Bung River in Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province. (HNN 8/16/07) The current solicitation is advance action technical assistance for recruitment of consultants by EVN and its implementing agency, Hydropower Project Management Board No. 3. (HNN 9/25/07)

The implementation supervision consultant is to administer and supervise procurement and implementation of construction and equipment supply contracts and to ensure completion of the project in accordance with contracts and approved design. The work is to require 120 person-months of international consultancy supported by national experts.

Song Bung 4 includes a 110-meter-tall, 367-meter-long dam with reservoir of 15.8 square kilometers, a 3.1-kilometer tunnel, and short tailrace canal.

In extending the deadline, EVN modified one requirement for potential consultants. It previously required firms to demonstrate experience in developing hydro plants of 200 MW and above. It relaxed that standard to include development of plants of 100 MW and above.

Detailed terms of reference are to be provided to short-listed bidders with a request for proposals.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by October 31 to the addresses below. For information, contact:
o Project Manager Tran Van Hai, Hydropower Project Management Board No. 3, Westside Tuyen Son Bridge, Hai Chau District, Da Nang City, Vietnam; Fax: (84) 511 642266; E-mail: atd3@dng.vnn.vn;
o Edvard Baardsen, Asian Development Bank Resident Mission, Units 701-706, Sun Red River Building, 23 Pham Chu Trinh St., Hanoi, Vietnam.

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