Macedonia offers 20 small hydro concessions on three rivers

Macedonia's Ministry of Economy seeks bids for concessions to develop 20 hydropower projects of up to 5 MW each. Bid documents must be obtained by January 16, with bids due April 16.

The government offers 20-year concessions for development on a design-build-operate-transfer basis for sites in the Vardar, Strumica, and Crni Drim river basins.

The government offered similar concessions for 60 projects on the three rivers in 2007. (HNN 2/16/07) It also currently is inviting pre-qualification by March 16 for concessions to develop 12 hydropower projects on the Vardar River totaling 308.24 MW. (HNN 11/20/08)

The latest solicitation is part of a government program to develop 400 small hydro projects that would meet 10 percent of Macedonia's energy requirements.

Obligations of a concession winner include: elaboration of project documentation, providing all licenses and fulfilling all license requirements, constructing facilities according to documentation, managing and maintenance of facilities, and transfer of ownership to the government at the end of the concession.

Bid documents may be obtained until January 16 from the archive office of the Ministry of Economy for a fee of 300 euros (US$408). Payment is to Account name Ministry of Economy; IBAN: MK07 1007 0100 0028 009; National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia; BIC (SWIFT): NBRM MK 2X.

Bids, in Macedonian, are due by 4 p.m. CET, April 16. For information, contact Viktor Andonov, Ministry of Economy, Republic of Macedonia, Jurij Gagarain N.15, MK-1000 Skopje, Macedonia; (389) 2-3093446; Fax: (389) 2-3084902; E-mail: viktor.andonov@economy.gov.mk; Internet: www.economy.gov.mk.

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