International and local companies have been invited to pre-qualify for a contract which involves the construction and maintenance of 18 overhead water storage tanks, two ground reservoirs, two pumping stations and related works for the Ministry of Electricity & Water in Kuwait. The project is estimated to cost between US$16.1-20.9M.

With reference to pp24 of the January 2001 issue of IWP&DC, the information on Tedzani III in Malawi states that ‘lahmeyer International carried out the preliminary phase, review, model tests and field investigations for Tedzani stage I and was responsible for the tender design and preparation of tender documents for Tedzani stage II.’ It must be noted that Tedzani I and II were in fact engineered by Kennedy & Donkin (now PB Power) and WLPU (Watermeyer, Legge, Piesold and Uhlmann).

A 23m3/sec pumping station will be constructed at the Beni Haroun dam in Algeria and funded by the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development. The construction contract for the station will include an 80m high, 30m diameter intake tower, supply and installation of two 90MW pumps and two 100MVA engines. The work will also involve 39,300m3 of concrete, 460,000m3 of excavation and 11,000m3 of filling-in.

If readers are having difficulty using the email contact given in the article ‘An upgrading guide’ (p33 of the January 2001 issue of IWP&DC) please also try Riggcdn@ or, alternatively, visit the international-energy-agency’s website at for more details.

Tajikistan’s deputy Prime Minister, Faridun Muhiddinov, has proposed bilateral co-operation in constructing hydro power plants with the Ukraine during talks with Ukrainian officials in Bishkek in mid-January, according to the Asia Plus Information Agency.

Barqi Tojik (Tajik Electric System) has reported that electricity generation at the 2.5MW Namatgut hydro power plant in Tajikistan has been suspended because water in the plant’s main channel had frozen, according to the Asia-Plus Information Agency. However Barqi Tojik said that customers will now receive power from another hydro plant, so there will be no power shortages.

Seventeen hydro power plants will be constructed on the river Kumjin in North Korea’s South Hamgyong Province. Construction of the Kumjingang hydro plant in Jongphyong County is reported to be well under way. As well as generating electricity, the plant will provide irrigation water for thousands of hectares of rice fields.

Chinese engineers are expected to start constructing the Khodori hydroelectric plant on the Alazani river in the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia, according to the Snark news agency. The 25MW plant will cost US$25M to construct and will be completed in two years.

A problem at a hydro plant in El Arenal left most of Costa Rica’s 4M people in the dark on 6 March 2001. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute blamed an ‘external problem’ that was under investigation. Hydro power is the basis of the country’s energy system and it is preparing for the possibility of a dry summer.