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Montenegro’s EPCG invites bids to modernize Perućica units

Montenegro’s state-owned power utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) invites sealed bids by 30 June for the reconstruction and modernization of the 307 MW Perućica hydropower plant. Perućica comprises five 38 MW units with 8.5 m3/s flow, and two 58.5 MW units with 12.75 m3/s flow. The first two 38 MW units were commissioned in 1960, the next three 38 MW units in 1962, and the final two 58.5 MW units in 1977. All turbines are Pelton-type.

The contracted works, which are to be funded from a development loan from Germany’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), shall encompass: (i) Reconstruction and modernization of hydro-mechanical and electrical equipment for units U5 – 38 MW, U6 – 58.5 MW and U7 – 58.5 MW (main equipment to be reconstructed: nozzles with driving servomotors, jet deflectors, turbine governors, turbine inlet valves, unit excitation and electrical braking systems, generator voltage equipment, 110 kV equipment, unit electrical protection systems, unit control systems, unit and step-up transformer monitoring systems); (ii) Reconstruction and modernization of the system for hydrological and hydraulic measurements on the headrace and tailrace system of the power plant; (iii) Reconstruction and modernization of the hydro-mechanical and electrical equipment in valve chambers of the plant’s headrace system; (iv) Reconstruction and modernization of the plant level control system which will enable real time control of the power plant, optimal control of water resource within the real time, as well as planning of the power plant operation based on prediction models and analysis of operation in the previous period. The general scope of the works shall include, but shall not be limited to, plant and equipment data acquisition, preparation of design documentation, procurement of materials and equipment, manufacturing and testing of the new equipment at factories, packing, transport and storage to the site, insurance of the works, dismantling of existing equipment and its temporary site storage (disposal), erection of the equipment, commissioning, trial operation and obligations during defect notification period.

Bidding will be conducted by means of an International Competitive Bidding procedure in accordance with a post-qualification procedure, in line with KfW “Guidelines for the Procurement of Consulting Services, Works, Plant, Goods and Non-Consulting Services in Financial Cooperation with Partner Countries”, January 2019 version (

A complete set of bidding documents (a hardcopy and a CD or flash drive) in English may be purchased on the submission of a written application to Boško Božović, Project Manager, e-mail:, with a copy to Gojko Blagojević, Lead Engineer, e-mail: and upon presentation of proof of payment of a non-refundable fee of €500 by bank transfer to the account of ME25535005030000000070, Elektroprivreda A.D., Vuka Karadžića 2, Niksic, held at the Prva Banka Crne Gore, Podgorica, Swift Code: PRVAMEPG, via the Intermediary bank: Raiffeisen Zentralbank Oesterreich AG, Vienna;  Swift code: RZBAATWW

Owing to the pandemic and consequent travel restrictions the organization of a site visit will not be possible. Instead, two video sessions will be held. During the first session held on April 20, 2021 at 09:30 am local time, adequate site related video and photo documentation will be presented. During the second session on May 5, 2021 at 09:30 am local time, questions raised by the bidders will be clarified. Participation at both video sessions will be obligatory.