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Bids invited to equip Bao Lac B in Vietnam

Bao Lac B is one of two new hydropower plants that PCC1 is to build with proceeds from private placement issuances, with additional potential financing from the World Bank.

Vietnam’s Power Construction Joint Stock Company No 1 (PCC1) invites bids by 13 May for the supply of electro-mechanical equipment and technical services for the 18 MW Bao Lac B hydropower project in the northeastern province of Cao Bang.

The privately owned and recently listed company, approved investment plans for Bao Lac B in April 2017, with the project scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019. Total investment is estimated at VND 568 billion (US$ 25 million) to be financed from the owner’s capital and a commercial loan, according to the tender notice.

Bao Lac B is one of two new hydropower plants that PCC1 is to build with proceeds from private placement issuances, with additional potential financing from the World Bank. The 30 MW Bac Lam 4/Mong An project is expected to come online in 2020. Once commissioned, PCC1 will have six hydro plants with an aggregate capacity of 162 MW, making it the second largest listed hydropower producer in the country.

The company, based in Hanoi and specializing in the field of constructing power transmission lines and substations in Vietnam, has in recent years ventured into hydropower development and operation, and currently owns and operates four plants totalling 113.6 MW: the 29.6 MW Trung Thu and 30 MW Bao Lam 1 plants, which entered into operation in December 2016, and the 46 MW Bao Lam 3 and 8 MW Bao Lam 3A stations, which began generating power in late 2017. Apart from Trung Thu, which is located in the northern province of Dien Bien, the other five plants are all located in Cao Bang. Bao Lam 1, 3 and 3A were all developed on the river Nho Que, with electro-mechanical equipment for Trung Thu, Bao Lam 1 and 3A supplied by China’s Tianjin Tianfa Heavy Machinery and for Bao Lam 3 supplied by Dongfang Electric. Both the Trung Thu and Bao Lam 1 projects were financed by the World Bank through its Renewable Energy Development Project for Vietnam, which was launched in 2009 to expand local employment opportunities and increase the reliability of the electricity supply in rural areas, with funding disbursed through domestic banks, such as BIDV and Vietinbank, and is disbursed in VND, which helps PC1 avoid foreign exchange risk.

Interested contractors can acquire bidding documents for the contract package TB 01 by contacting PCC1 in Hanoi:
Tel: +84 43552 8939
Fax: +84 43552 8938
Email: banthuydien@pcc1.com.vn

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