Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Lao Hydropower Concession Negotiations

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) is inviting Proposals from suitably qualified and experienced Suppliers to provide technical advisory and training services to support concession negotiations for hydropower assets in Lao PDR.
This will include:
• Technical hydropower engineering due diligence (including hydro, mechanical, electrical, structural, civil, geotechnical, dam safety, environmental, etc.) to confirm whether the identified hydropower plant (HPP) is in ‘good operating condition’ and to inform valuations;
• Technical power system operation to understand specifics of the power sector and assess options for short, medium and long term ownership and operation of HPP assets, and to understand which HPP assets are most important to operation of the power system and can provide ancillary services (including promoting the integration maximum amounts of solar and wind);
• Legal advice to understand and interpret definitions within the respective concession arrangement (CA) under relevant laws, and to negotiate alternative concession terms; and
• Commercial and financial due diligence to understand how to optimise short, medium and long term benefits, to value assets, to evaluate proposals submitted by independent power producers (IPPs) and negotiate new concession terms.

The Project is part of a wider initiative of support to Lao PDR from New Zealand. In 2018 New Zealand established the New Zealand-Laos Renewable Energy Facility. The Facility’s goal is to provide technical assistance (TA) and capacity building (CB) for Lao's energy agencies. This is to address the issue that Lao PDR is not maximising the beneficial use of its renewable energy resources, thereby restricting economic and social development. The Facility supports the increased beneficial use of renewable energy (RE) resources to support economic and social development in Lao PDR. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a New Zealand RE initiative and contribute towards this goal and make a tangible impact in the hydropower sector.

Please note that MFAT will be hosting a Supplier Briefing Session about this tender and project on Thursday May 18th, 2pm NZST/9am Lao time. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by subscribing to this tender with your designated point-of-contact email, or email the contact person listed on this tender. We will supply further details and an invitation via email closer to the date.

Department/Business Unit: Crown Funding

Status Open
Closing 13 Jun 2023 3:00 PM NZST
Reference 27318222
Notice Type Request for Proposals (RFP)
Regions International
Customer Reference WPG-0103794
Contact Details Isobel Welsford Ackroyd
Published 1 May 2023 12:00 PM NZST

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