Solomon Islands extends call for developers of 20-MW Tina River hydro project

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The government of the Solomon Islands has extended the deadline for expressions of interest from firms to develop the 20-MW Tina River hydroelectric project on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. Responses now are due July 31.

The government previously called for responses by June 12. 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.

Firms with experience developing hydropower projects between 15 and 100 MW are invited submit expressions of interest to identify candidates for a tendering process. Firms that submitted pre-expressions of interest in 2011 are already registered but may submit new expressions of interest if they wish to do so.

Expressions of interest, in English, now are due to the addresses below by mail or e-mail by July 31. For information, contact:

  • Tina River Hydropower Development Project, Project Management Office, Attn.: Mark France, c/o P.O. Box G37, Honiara, Solomon Islands; (677) 25133; E-mail: mark.france@tina-hydro.com;
  • International Finance Corp., Attn.: Shobana Venkataraman, Jeetendra Marcelline, Eric Gao, 14F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Admiralty, Hong Kong; E-mail: svenkataraman1@ifc.org, jmarcelline@ifc.org, xgao3@ifc.org.



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