International and local companies expressed interest in the bidding for rehabilitation of irrigation systems with Compact funds

About 30 Moldovan and international companies from Romania, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Israel, Italy, France, Great Britain, Azerbaijan etc. are interested in taking part in the bidding for rehabilitation and oversight of the rehabilitation of two central irrigation systems – Criuleni and Lopatna in Orhei rayon – recently advertised by MCA Moldova under the Compact program.

On December 13 and 14 MCA Moldova arranged a visit to the irrigation systems in Criuleni and Lopatna selected for rehabilitation and outreach conferences for the representatives of potential bidders, which learned about the Compact activities, procurement procedures, contract administration, penalties, fraud and corruption prevention and legislative and tax issues.

Valentina Badrajan, the Executive Director of MCA Moldova, communicated that MCA Moldova will make sure that the bidding will be transparent and expressed hoped that professional companies, meeting the expectations and technical requirements, will be selected to rehabilitate the irrigation systems Lopatna and Criuleni, thereby helping to achieve the Compact objective to develop the high value agriculture, independent from the climate change.

The deadline for submission of bids for rehabilitation is January 24, 2013 and for oversight is January 14, 2013. The bids will be evaluated by national and international experts with relevant experience. The bidders will be evaluated against criteria like experience in similar works, financial and technical capacity; available equipment and staff.

According to the bid requirements, the winning companies will have to replace all the damaged pipes, about 85% of pipes, and replace the asbestos pipes with other high density plastic pipes in compliance with the environmental requirements of the European Union. The premises of the pumping stations will be rehabilitated and provided with automated operation equipment.

The rehabilitation works will start in the spring of 2013 and will last 18 months.

Note: Rehabilitation of the central irrigation systems is one of the objectives of the Compact signed at the beginning of 2010 by the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the U.S. Government, acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Today there are about 530 land owners in four villages in the Lopatna irrigation system area, 460 of which are members of Water Users Association (WUA), and 500 farmers in the Criuleni irrigation system area, 300 of which are WUA members.

The rehabilitation of the two central irrigation systems will allow for the expansion of the irrigated areas in Lopatna from 50 to 509 hectares, and in Criuleni from 120 to about 760 hectares. The farmers will be able to use as much irrigation water as they need, when they need it, and due to improved water metering and reduction of water losses they will pay only for the amount of water that they use. 

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