U.S. firm seeks designer-builders for Armenia small hydros

A U.S. firm plans to seek bids from companies to design and build at least 10 small hydroelectric projects in Armenia totaling up to 40 MW.

ARQELL Industries Inc. said it soon will issue a request for proposals from qualified parties to build hydro projects under an Armenian independent power producer program. Last year, the government of Armenia invited inquiries from prospective bidders to participate in small hydropower development and hydro rehabilitation under a World Bank-funded renewable energy program. (HNN 7/10/06)

ARQELL said 49 specific project sites have been identified that would utilize 112 turbine-generators totaling 286 MW. To be developed over five years, most of the projects would employ multiple units ranging from 1 to 10 MW each.

The company said its request for proposals would be for the first phase of the five-year plan, entailing initially about 10 sites of 20 generating units totaling 30 to 40 MW.

It said the RFP would have two specific objectives:
o Engineering and design of the total project; manufacture or procurement of the turbine-generator and auxiliary equipment; site construction and assembly; and testing and commissioning; and
o Employing Armenian resources, to the extent practical, in manufacturing, assembly, and construction activities, transferring skills and knowledge to local entities as it relates to manufacture of hydro turbines and generators.

Interested firms are invited to contact President Avo Iskanian, ARQELL Industries Inc., 1440 Wabasso Way, Glendale, CA 91208 U.S.A.; (1) 323-255-7070; Fax: (1) 323-255-7770; E-mail: avo@avisrd.com.

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