Kyrgyzstan seeks safety study of five dams in 2,870-MW Naryn cascade

Kyrgyzstan's Ministry of Energy and Industry invites expressions of interest from consultants to conduct a dam safety assessment of five hydroelectric projects in the Naryn River cascade. Responses are due October 4.

With funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the ministry seeks assessment of the dams and identification of necessary remedial measures for Kyrgyzstan project owner JSC Electric Power Plants. The ministry said the present state of the dams is not known, with deficient dam monitoring systems, monitoring data that is not assessed regularly, and the lack of a properly functioning dam safety organization.

Projects in the Naryn cascade include 1,200-MW Toktogul, 800-MW Kurpsai, 450-MW Tash-Kumyr, 240-MW Shamaldy-Sai (or Shamaldy-Say), and 180-MW Uch-Kurgan. Kyrgyzstan also has been developing the 1,900-MW Kambarata 1 and 360-MW Kambarata 2 projects on the Naryn.

The estimated budget for the work is US$2 million for a 2.5-year implementation period beginning in July 2013.

A solicitation notice, including terms of reference, may be obtained from the ADB Internet site,, under the links "Businesses," "Consultant Management System," "Click here to view the list of advertisements of consulting opportunities," "Energy," "Loan 44198-013."

Expressions of interest are to be submitted via the ADB website by October 4. The ministry intends to compile a short-list of firms for invitation to bid by October 22.

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