August 6, 2013

Philippines utility seeks consultants for three micro-hydro projects

The Philippines' National Electrification Administration (NEA) invites expressions of interest from consultants to help develop three micro-hydro projects on the Philippine island of Mindanao. Responses are due August 23.

With technical assistance funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), NEA seeks to develop viable business models for rural community-based renewable energy in the Caraga and Davao regions of Mindanao.

Following studies by its Renewable Energy Management Board, the Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) recently approved construction of six hydropower projects in the Philippines totaling 48 MW. Earlier, developer Hedcor Inc. said it received approval to build about 20 mini-hydro projects while DOE said it planned to seek bids for at least 40 mini-hydro sites in the second half of 2013.

In the current solicitation, NEA seeks expressions of interest from consultants to handle procurement of services and supervise construction of three micro-hydropower projects at selected sites and facilitate sales of electricity. Consultants also are to assist organization of community groups to operate and maintain the hydro plants.

The work is expected to require 17 months with a budget of US$550,000.

A solicitation notice, including terms of reference, may be obtained from the ADB Internet site, www.adb.org, under the links "Businesses," "Consulting Opportunities," "Energy," "TA-7781."

Expressions of interest are to be submitted via the ADB website by August 23. For information, contact Director Roderick N. Padua, Corporate Planning Office, National Electrification Administration, D&E Building, 1050 Quezon Ave., Quezon City, Philippines; Tel/Fax: (632) 929-2161; E-mail: rod_padua@yahoo.com; and Energy Specialist Choon Sik Jung, Asian Development Bank, E-mail: cjung@adb.org.

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