Solomon Islands Govt. calls for project bids again


Regular readers of <b>Pacific Periscope</b> would perhaps remember an announcement from the Solomon Islands Government inviting bids for the Tina River project published in the May 26 edition of the newsletter. <!--more-->The Government has again issued the invitation for pre-qualification to develop the 20-MW hydroelectric project on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. Pre-qualification documents may be obtained until September 27, with responses due October 31.

The government previously called for expressions of interest by July 31 and June 12 from firms to develop Tina River. It plans to select a developer to design, finance, build, own, and operate the project on the Tina River on Guadalcanal in the Solomons. It invited pre-expressions from developers in 2011 for Tina River, then listed as 15 MW. Since that time it recruited consultants to develop a social assessment and indigenous peoples plan and an environmental and social impact assessment.

Tina River is proposed to feature a 50-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam, a 3.3-kilometer headrace tunnel, and a powerhouse with four 5-MW Francis turbines. The Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification and Solomon Islands Electricity Authority now invite applications for pre-qualification to develop Tina River under a 30-year power purchase agreement.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained through September 27 from the address below for US$1,500 paid to Account Name: Tina River Hydropower Development Project, Account No.: 4706691, ANZ Bank, Hyundai Mall Branch, Honiara, Solomon Islands, SWIFT Code: ANZBSBSBS, BSB: 010950.

Applications for pre-qualification are due October 31. For information, contact Project Manager Fred. Conning, Tina River Hydropower Development Project, Suite 304, Hyundai Mall, Mendana Avenue, Honiara, Solomon Islands; (677) 25133; E-mail: <a href=""></a>;