October 6, 2016: The tender for Covertor Stations in Sangtuda, Tajikistan and Nowshera, Pakistan is launched. Invitation for bids is published on project countries' web-sites.
The detailed Qualifying Requirements (QR) are given in the bidding document of the subject package. The Bidding Documents are in English with Russian translation (in case of any discrepancy the English version shall prevail). The complete bidding documents are available for free download on a password-protected electronic data room hosted by Imprima. Requests for access to the electronic data room should be sent to the following email address - Bidders@casa-1000.org – stating the name and address of party making the request. Interested bidders can download the bidding documents and commence preparation of bids to gain time. The clarifications and amendments if any will also be posted in the PDF format for free download in the same website.nbsp;
September 19-21, 2016, Dubai, UAE: Secretariat conducted the Procurement Committee (PC) meeting in Dubai. The main purpose of the meeting was discussion and approval of the comments received from HVDC manufactures on convertor stations tender documents. The PC agreed with the changes to be made in tender documents and updated the project implementation schedule. It was agreed that Convertor Stations tender will be launched no later than October 6, 2016. The bid submission deadline has been set for February 6, 2017. The PC also agreed to conduct pre-bid meeting on December 5-6, 2016 in Dubai.
September 18-20, 2016, Dubai, UAE: CASA-1000 Secretariat attended the Afghanistan Energy Business Opportunities Exhibition and conference which was conducted with USAID support in Dubai, UAE. Conference attendees expressed strong interest in CASA-1000 recognizing the importance of the project to the region. The CASA-1000 Secretariat and the Afghan delegation had an opportunity to communicate with potential HVDC manufacturers and EPC contractors on the current status and the next stages of the project. Many Afghan companies attended the CASA-1000 stand seeking opportunities to be involved in the implementation of the project. The Secretariat’s representatives described the CASA-1000 procurement processes and the ways for Afghan companies could be involved in the project.
August 21-26, 2016, Paris, France: On August 21-26, 2016 Secretariat successfully set up and staffed the CASA-1000 Project booth at the CIGRE conference in Paris. Concurrently the Secretariat coordinated meetings between HVDC manufacturers and the high level country representatives who attended CIGRE and held a CASA-1000, Procurement Committee meeting on August 23-25, 2016. Attending CIGRE, having a CASA-1000 booth and holding the concurrent meetings was very fruitful and all the CIGRE attendees who met with CASA-1000 staff and the high level county representatives demonstrated high interest in the project. HVDC manufactures noted that reconfiguration significantly simplified the project and reduced security concerns. All major project issues were discussed and potential bidders seemed satisfied with the answers provided. The unresolved issues will be provided in the comments to be incorporated in the tender documents. The four CASA-1000 countries agreed to a new project timeline and to conduct the next Procurement Committee meeting on September 19-20, 2016 in Dubai.
June 14-20, 2016, Washington DC, USA:Meetings of CASA-1000 Procurement Committee (PC), Legal Subcommittee (LSC) and Join Working Group (JWG) took place on June 14-20 in Washington, DC as follow up to April 21, 2016 Intergovernmental Council (IGC) Resolution approving the reconfiguration of the project from three HVDC terminal to two terminals design. Procurement Committee met on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC to update information on the procurement process for different project tender packages and modifications of the tender documents to reflect the changes in the project configuration.
The Legal Subcommittee met to identify changes in some areas of the Core project agreements to reflect project reconfiguration and planed the next project implementation steps. The areas of changes were agreed and Secretariat Legal Counsel will develop the text of needed amendments. Several issues were referred to Inter-Governmental Council (IGC) for decisions, including allocation of additional project related expenses for interconnection and utilization of existing 220 kV line between Tajikistan and Afghanistan as well as changing of the reference period for indexation due to the project implementation delays.