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UPDATE - Fiji reissues solicitations for 40-MW Nadarivatu

Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) has reissued two solicitations, and extended bidding deadlines, for construction of civil works and of powerhouse and transmission works for the 40-MW Nadarivatu hydroelectric project.

The deadline for two separate solicitations is extended to May 6 from April 4. The April 4 date had been an extension from earlier deadlines.

The proposed project includes a 35-meter-tall weir on the Sigatoka River catchment at Korolevu; 3.5 kilometers of tunnel and penstock, and a powerhouse on the Ba River containing two 20-MW Pelton turbine-generators for a head of 300 meters.

FEA seeks bids for two contracts:
o FEA/NHP-01, EPC Contract for Civil Works - MR 77/2007 (HNN 2/11/08); and
o FEA/NHP-02, EPC Contract for Powerhouse &Transmission Works � MR 78/2007. (HNN 1/24/08)

Last year, the utility recruited consultants to serve as engineer and project manager. (HNN 5/9/07)

Engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) for civil works

One solicitation, EPC Contract for Civil Works, includes:
o Establishment and operation of a construction camp;
o Korolevu Weir: a concrete gravity weir (135,000 cubic meters of excavation, 35,000 cubic meters of concrete), three radial spillway gates, two low-level sluice gates, one residual flow control valve, control building;
o Nadarivatu Water Conveyance System: an intake with screens, intake gate, stoplogs, and screen cleaner adjacent to Korolevu Weir, with one of two conveyance options: Option 1, low-pressure and high-pressure tunnels, or Option 2, a low-pressure tunnel and high-pressure penstock.

EPC for powerhouse, transmission works

The other solicitation, EPC Contract for Powerhouse &Transmission Works, includes:
o Nadarivatu powerhouse, consisting of a concrete and steel building, penstock manifold, two 21.95-MW vertical Pelton turbine-generators, two 28-MVa generator transformers, 132-kV switchgear, and appurtenant facilities;
o Nadarivatu switchyard, adjacent to the existing Wailoa-Vuda 132-kV line, approximately five kilometers from the powerhouse, and consisting of 132-kV bus, five 132-kV transmission line bays, and a control building and appurtenant facilities;
o A double-circuit 132-kV transmission line from the powerhouse to the switchyard.

Bid documents, in English, may be obtained, for each solicitation, from the address below by written application and payment of F$500 (US$322) by direct deposit to FEA bank account No. ANZBFJFX 2414942, ANZ Bank, Suva, Fiji Islands. Documents will be sent by courier.

Bids for each solicitation are due by 11 a.m. May 6. For information, contact Tuvitu Delairewa, General Manager Corporate Services, Fiji Electricity Authority, Private Mail Bag, 2 Marlow St., Suva, Fiji; (679) 3224-185; Fax: (679) 3311-882; E-mail: tdelairewa@fea.com.fj; Internet: www.fea.com.fj, www.evalua.com.au/fea.

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