Naghlu Hydropower Rehabilitation Project - P132944
Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat | Published February 21, 2015 - Deadline March 5, 2015
Assist Nhrp Project Director As Technical Adviser
Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan
Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS)
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Naghlu Hydro Power Rehabilitation Project (NHRP)
Terms of Reference for International Consultant
To Assist NHRP Project Director as Technical Adviser
COUNTRY: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
NAME OF PROJECT: Naghlu Hydro Power Rehabilitation Project (NHRP)
CONSULTINGSERVICES: Individual Consultant
Reference No: VA-DABS-HQs/93-099 Amendment 1
WB Project No: P132944
Duty Station: Kabul, Afghanistan with travel to project site if necessary
Supervisor: DABS Director General
Duration: 264 working days
Number of Jobs:1
Salary:Depending on Qualification and Experience
Job Type: FullTime
Nationality: Any Nationality
Advertising Date: February 21,2015
ClosingDate: March 5, 2015
The Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received financing from the World Banktoward the cost of the Naghlu hydro powerrehabilitation project(NHRP), and intends to apply part ofthe proceeds for consulting services. The Services include for hiring of InternationalIndividual Advisor/Consultant to DABS for achieving the goals and objective andexpecting him to join DABS ASAP.
I. PROJECT BACKGROUND
1. TheNaghlu Dam Project is financed by the World Bank and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The project is expectedto address the problems facingthe water supply, irrigation or hydropower sector through reconstruction and rehabilitation of NaghluDam, a gravity dam on the Kabul Riverin Surobi district, Kabul province, Afghanistan. It is located 40 km (25 mi) east ofthe Afghan capital Kabul. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supports a powerstation with arated capacity of 4X23.5 MW at rated net head of 61m. It is the largest hydropower plant in Afghanistan and generate/providemost ofKabul's electricity. It is currently being rehabilitated and currently only two out of the four generators are operational. TheProject is being implemented by the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS). The overall aimof the Project is to improve and ensure safe, reliable and sustainable water supply, irrigation or hydropower in the Kabulprovince.
2. As thewater supply or power supply system for the Kabul Province will provide the raw drinking water or hydropower from the Naghlu Dam,the client or owner is required to prepare an independent Dam Safety Assessment Report in accordance with the World Bank PoliciesOP / BP 4.37. The dam height is ~100 m (328 ft) and is 280 m (919 ft) long and its reservoir has a storagecapacity of 550,000,000 m3. The downstream of the dam is Kabul city with approximate population of 3,000,000. The ownerand operator of the Dam is Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).
3. Construction of the dam was financed and supervised by the Soviet Union between 1960 and 1968. The first generator wascommissioned in 1967. During the Civil War the opposition used the NHPP as a tool to deprive the Kabul people from electricity. Thepower station fell into disrepair and by the 2001 Change of political power only two generators were operational. In August 2006,Afghanistan's Ministry of Energy and Water awarded the Russian company Technopromexport (TPE) a $32.5 million contract torehabilitate all four generating units including the two inoperable turbine-generators and replace two banks of transformers. Thefirst of the units became operational in September 2010 and the transformers were replaced byearly 2012. The rehabilitation isbeing funded by the World Bank. Thesecond unit was operational by the end of 2012. The third unit becameoperational in February2013. In November 2011 another World Bank funded contract was awarded to upgrade the switchyard of the powerstation.
4. The previous World Bank project that closed inMarch 2013,highlighted several problems at plant level. Among others, the main ones were the continuous sediment accumulation, which had builtup on the face of the dam and blocked the bottom outlet and the frequent shutdown of the generating units for maintenance etc.Overall,under the status quo, without additional Bank financing, there is a grave risk to Naghlu not being able to continue togenerate and also a significant safety risk.
5. As a result a consensus has been reached among the relevantAfghan counterparts and internally inthe Bank to prepare a new grant, the Naghlu Hydropower Rehabilitation Project (NHRP). This will comprise six components, as described below. The project will be implemented by MEW for theon-goingelectromechanical component, since that is a continuation of their existing activities. Apart from the continuation of theexisting contract for rehabilitating the electro-mechanical equipment, the rest of theworks such as procurement of additional spareparts necessary for three years of operation and the training of the power plant staff will be implemented by DABS. MEW will mostlikely be responsible for component 6 although this is yet to be confirmed, while the civil works, including the sediment removalwill be implemented by DABS.
6. This project triggers the WorldBank's Operational Policies OP4.01 on environmental assessment, OP4.12Involuntary Resettlement; and OP4.37 Safety of Dams, and OP7.50 Projects on international Waterways. Since Naghlu Dam is over 15min height, OP4.37 considers it a large dam, therefore requiring DABS to establish an independent panel of experts to review andadvice on all aspects of the safety of the dam.
Theproject has the following six components:
(a) Component 1: Completion of electro-mechanicalrepairs
(b) Component 2: Improvement of the safety and sustainabilityof the dam
(c) Component 3: Optimization of PowerGeneration
(d) Component 4: Environmental and socialsustainability
(e) Component 5: Project management
(f) Component 6: Capacity Development andScale-up
Component 1: Mechanical, Electrical andElectromechanical Works(ARTF $14 million). Itwill consist of three sub-components:
· Rehabilitation of Unit 1 and balance of plant.
· Spare parts and consumables.
· Additional training for plant staff.
Component 2: Dam Safety Improvements(ARTF $28 million). This component is aimedat ensuring the safe operation of the dam and will consist of three subcomponents as follows:
· Dam safety audit. This work will cover studies of identified issues such as reactivating thebottom outlet, adequacy of auxiliary power and other systems, improvements to the head gates closing system, installation ofinstrumentation and clearance of unexploded ordnance from the dam structure. Thesubcomponent will primarily comprise studies aiming structural and operational safety considering updated hydrological and seismicdata following relevant international/national standards/guidelines, flood routing through Naghlu Dam until Surobi Dam includingadequacy of its spilling arrangements.
· Non-structural measures. This aims to support DABS to introduce modern dam safety measures that donot entail structural or other works. This will include setting up a procedure and staffing for independent dam safety inspections;preparation of dam safety plans including operations, maintenance and surveillance manuals for civil works, emergency preparednessplans, and post-earthquake response plans. The operating manuals forthe electrical and electromechanical works will be revised. Thedetailed maintenance plan for equipment will be prepared. Training for staff in all aspects will beconducted.
· Structural and other works. Work to be includedunder this subcomponent will include sediment removal, reactivation of the low leveloutlet; introduction of independent operationof the power intake gates; installation of a standby generator for emergency opening of the spillway gates and closing of the powerintake gates; and installation of essential instrumentation. Other work identified inthe audit will be included.
Component 3: Optimization of Power Generation (ARTF $ 15million). This component is aimed at examining the potential for increasingpower generation at Naghlu Dam Hydropower Plant. This would ensure sustainable sediment management and potentially increasethe amount of energy produced by the dam. The component will consist of two sub components:
· Feasibility study. This will examine the feasibility ofvarious options to increase power generationincluding but not limited to: appropriate dam operation and better management, additional storage upstream the dam, additionalsiphon spillway/ floating barge mechanism for controlled flushing of sediments, raising the dam crest, catchment area treatment andcombination thereof. Studies will include review of topography, bathymetry, geotechnical, hydrological and electricitygeneration (i.e. turbine & generators), engineering and economic and financial aspects. Since creating additionalupstream storage and raising the dam would require additional land, an ESIA will also be conducted by a separateconsultant.
· Detailed design.Should the feasibility return a positive result, a detailed design would be prepared. Based on thefindings of the ESIA,resettlement and livelihoods restoration, environment management, health and other action plans would also be prepared. Theseactivities would then allow swift preparation of a follow-up investment project to enhance the power generation, should financingbe available and security and other circumstances permit.
Component 4: Environmental and SocialSustainability (ARTF $7 million). Thiscomponent will aim to ensure the environmental and social sustainability of the dam. Itwill consist of three subcomponents:
· Addressing legacy issues. Early consultations with peoplein the project area indicate that there are anumber of social legacyissues from the project. They include land, buildings and otherassets for which compensation was not provided and promises of provision of electricity and jobs which have not beenfulfilled. The component would support electrification in the project area, andimproved access to skills and training to enable local people to gain employment at the plant.
· Environment management. This subcomponent will support (a) the monitoring of the existing environment management plan for Component 1; and (b)the preparation implementation and independent monitoring of an environment management plan for the structural & other workssubcomponent of Component 2.
· Resettlement and livelihoods restoration. This subcomponent will support the preparation, implementation and independent monitoringof a resettlement and livelihoods development plan for the structural and other works subcomponent of Component 2. It will not finance land acquisition.
Component 5: DABS Project Management(ARTF $7.5 million). The component willinclude the creation and maintenance of an Environment and Resettlement Advisory Panel, the duties of which will embrace therequirements of OP 4.01 for an independent environment panel of experts and an Engineering Advisory Panel, the duties of which willembrace the requirements of the dam safety review panel as set out in OP 4.37.
Component 6: Capacity Development and Scale-up (ARTF $5.0 million). The Capacity Development and Scale-upComponent will support early actions needed to develop the Kunar River hydropower cascade. It is expected to finance studies to complement existing feasibility studies on planning and implementation for socialdevelopment; environment and health management, consideration of alternatives and mitigation measures; hydrological, geological,geotechnical, seismic and dam safety studies; project preparation and management and preparation of financial and economicdocuments.
Adetailed description of these components will be found in the project appraisal document.
III. PROJECT PHASING
The proposed project will be phased to allow the buildup of projectimplementation capacity in parallel with the technical work that must be undertaken. Three phases areenvisaged:
· Preparation. In addition to the normal activitiesundertaken during preparation, the work currently beingundertaken to rehabilitate the mechanical, electrical and electromechanicalworks would continue. The Environment and Resettlement Advisory Panel and EngineeringAdvisory Panel will be recruited. Specialist procurement, safeguards and technicalconsultants will be hired to help DABS prepare the first phase activities. The PPG nowproposed is to financethese costs.
One of the requirements for completing the preparation stage is to prepareframeworks for Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Plan and Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP)
· First phase. Upon completion of the preparationphase, ARTF financing will be sought to cover the costs ofa first phase focused on the completion of Component 1, coveringelectrical and electromechanical works, the safety audit and non-structural subcomponents of Component 2, the feasibility studyunder Component 3, and Components 4, 5 and 6.
· Second phase. When the scope and cost of the structural and other works planned under Component 2 havebeen identified, and if a decision to move to the detailed design for enhancing power generation capacity under Component 3 ismade, additional ARTF financing will be sought.
The Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) wants to hire a consultant prepare the frame workplans withdetailed scope to have an instructional Manual for starting the practical work after the preparation stage which is the necessaryrequirement for the Preparation stage of the project.
IV. OBJECTIVES and scope of work OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The primary objective of NHRP Technical Adviser to assist ProjectDirector in technical and procurement aspects of the project activities as below:
1. Provide technicalexpertise and strategic guidance to all project components, assuming quality control of interventions, and support theProjectDirector in the coordination of the implementation of planned activities under the Naghlu Hydropower Rehabilitation Projectas stipulated in the project document/work plan;
2. Coordinate the workof all consultants and sub-contractors, ensuring the timely delivery of expected outputs, and effective synergy among the varioussub-contracted activities, specifically in the implementation ofcomponents 2 & 3;
3. Ensure that technicalcontracts meet the highest standards; provide input into development of Terms of Reference for sub-contracts, assist with selectionprocess, recommend best approaches, provide technical peer function to sub-contractors;
4. Review the technicalspecifications of the Project and if required, ask the consultant to revise them to a high professional standard, ensure that theyare in line with DABS/ Afghanistan rules, and duly approved bythe Project Technical Advisory Panel (PTAP) and accepted by WorldBank. And permit the consultant for final submission,
5. Ensure that the allenvironmental and social mitigations are implemented according to Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) anddulyapproved by Environmental and Social Advisory Panel (ESAP).
6. Provide training andbackstopping where necessary.
7. Consultant shallvisit the site during construction and ensure the qualityof the work and submit visit report to Project Director to issue notice tothe contractor if required.
8. Provide assistance inadvancing the procurement processes of the differentactivities.
Project management andmonitoring
1. Provide hands-onsupport to the Project Director, project staff and other government counterparts in the areas of project management and planning,management of site activities, impact assessment, monitoring and final evaluation of the project;
2. Assist the ProjectDirector in the preparation and revision of the Management Plan as well as Annual Work Plans;
3. Assist the ProjectDirector in preparation and modification of TORs for various consultancy services required under the project
4. Assist the ProjectDirector in monitoring the technical quality of projectM&E systems (including indicators and targets);
5. Assist the ProjectDirector in adjusting the project Results Framework, asrequired and in line with corporate requirements;
6. Coordinatepreparation of the periodic Status Report when called for by the Project Director;
7. Review/Annual ProjectReport (APR), inception report, technical reports,
8. Assist the ProjectDirector in the preparation of the Combined Project Implementation
9. Assist and supervisethe project phasing out required activities such as project final evaluation, completion report as required.
Assist the Project Director in liaison work with project partners, World Bank, NGOs and other groups to ensure effectivecoordination of project activities.
The consultant will be present in all World Bank missions to be able to advice on progress onchallenges.
Assist in knowledge management, communications and awareness raising and document lessons from project implementation andmake recommendations to the Project Team for more effective implementation and coordination of projectactivities.
The above mentionedis only for indicative purpose and the details of each point of scope of work as mentioned in theannexure should be framed and alsoif there are any other clauses/points that are deemed necessary have to be included by theConsultant.
V. CONSULTANT'S REPORTINGOBLIGATIONS
Consultant shall submit bi-monthly progress report, shall generally summarize the task/work in progress and completed,estimated percent of task/work completed and the plan of task/work to be accomplished during the next two month. Any problems thatmay cause or be causing delays should be listed, including proposed measures, suggestion to correct the problem.
VI. SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE CLIENT
The client/owner will provide counterpart staff to work closely with theConsultant, to liaise with the consultant, respond to questions, supply unpublished information and reports, and assist withlogistics and contacts for site visits. The client/owner will provide all documentation and in-house data related to the project.It will also assist the consultant with contacts and other relevant stakeholders. The Client/owner shall arrangetransport andlogistics for travel to the site and site visits.
VII. Staffing, Logistical Arrangements and Contracting:
The contract will be a time-basedpayment contract and include a period of 264 working days. It is expected that signing of the contract will be finalized as soon aspossible after reviewing letter of interest and the selected candidate will be required to start immediately. The advisor'sremuneration is based on (i) agreed upon unitrates multiplied by the actual time spent by the staff in executing the assignment,and (ii) reimbursable expenses using actual expenses and/ or agreed unit prices. DABS official will supervise the consultant works,who will be involved in the daily execution of the assignment.
The advisor would be required to spend about 80 percent of his or her time in Afghanistan. Theclient shall use working days of the consultant in Afghanistan as per their needs. DABS will arrange to provide a secure guesthouse or hotel and transport for the consultant to and from the airport and to and from its offices, and for any fieldtrips/meetings. The assignment will terminate upon the issue of the Dabs permit for the project, but may be extended ifnecessary.
VIII. Qualifications and Experience:
? Education: Advanced University (Masters or higher) Degree in relevant field;
Experience: Minimum 10 years professional experience preparing and managing large-scale hydropower plant for development,including preparing TORs for various studies, preferably dealing with large hydropower plant, and providing guidance and directionto consultants' activities;
? Analytical ability, practical problem-solving skills and resourcefulness in performing varied tasks in thearea;
? Demonstrated skills in retrieving, gathering and obtaining information from various sources;
? Sound organizational skills and ability to prioritize and deliver assignments in a timely manner often under severe timepressures;
? Demonstrated initiative in developing practical approaches that improveefficiency and effectiveness of theproject;
? Strong inter-personnel skills and commitment to work in a team-oriented, multi-culturalenvironment;
? Language skills: Fluent oral and written skills in English;
? Computer literacy: Proficient in PC based applications such as Word,Excel and Power Points etc.
XI. Expressions of interest must be delivered by e-mail, fax or hard copy totheaddress below before/by March 5, 2015.
In writing at [Da Afghanistan BreshnaSherkat],near to Chamane Huzorie,Kabul Afghanistan
or by E-mail to:
En Mohammad Wali Oria(+93) 72900 2628 email@example.com
Mr. Hadi Alami: (+93)75206305 firstname.lastname@example.org