An international consulting firm will be engaged to manage the implementation of the Project, especially the 275 kV cross-border transmission component. The firm will deliver a total of 206 person-months of consulting services (28 person-months of international and 178 person-months of national consulting inputs) following ADB's quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with 80:20 ratio and using a full technical proposal. The CEFPF grant will have a total of 24 person-months consulting services (10 person-months of international and 14 person-months of national consultants) to be engaged intermittently. Consultants will be selected and engaged under the Project in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time).
The recruitment of the Project Implementation Consultant (PIC) was undertaken under advance action, with the contract signed on 30 July 2013 with effective date of 12 November 2013. The PIC, Joint Venture of Tractebel Engineering GDF Suez (TE) (Thailand) and Powergrid International Limited (Thailand) in subconsultancy with PT Caturbina Guna Persada (Indonesia), mobilized in mid-January 2014 and has commenced construction supervision of ongoing works under Packages 1 and 2.
The proposed package contracts will be jointly financed by the ADB and Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD). The eligibility rules and procedures of the ADB will govern the bidding process. Procurement of contracts financed by the loan will be conducted through the procedures specified in ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time), and is open to all bidders from eligible source countries as defined in the guidelines. Specific Procurement Notices for tenders under international competitive bidding procedures will be announced in ADB website (http://adb.org), in newspapers of the Borrower's country, and in internationally known and freely accessible website. The proceeds of the Loan and Grant are intended to be used for the procurement of the following: (i) through international competitive bidding (ICB), a) Package 1: Design, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 275kV Overhead Transmission Lines Bengkayang Substation - Jagoibabang; b)Package 2: Design, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 275/150kV Bengkayang Substation; c) Package 3: Design, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 150kV Transmission Lines Bengkayang - Ngabang - Tayan; d)Package 4 : Design, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 150/20kV Substation at Ngabang and Tayan; e) Package 5: Supply, Transportation and Installation of Electricity Household Connection Kits (Grant component)
ADB has approved Advance Procurement Action for goods and related services on 19 August 2011. This will cover tendering and bid evaluation up to the stage of ADB'ss approval of PLN'ss recommendation for award of contract before the effective date of the loan and project agreements. The Government and PLN have been advised that ADB's approval of advance contracting does not commit ADB to approve the proposed loan and that ADB financing will be dependent upon the Government's compliance with all aspects of ADB's procedural requirements, including compliance with the relevant provisions of the loan agreement and ADB's guidelines.
The four ICB packages have been bidded out in August 2012 and were awarded in 2013.
All four contractors have commenced work and all contract works will be completed between January and June 2015. PLN expects the 275 kV transmission line and the Benkayang Substation to be energized by February 2015.