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Water Treatment Plant, Saidabad III, Bangladesh

Deadline for applications: 16 January 2015, at 14 hours Danish Time 

Danida intends to carry out an appraisal of the Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authorities (DWASA) proposed Saidabad III water treatmenet plant, where Danida Business Finance has offered to finance one component with a budget of approx. USD 200 million (excl. contingencies and taxes).

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has prepared feasibility study and draft tender documents. The project comprises the following components:
•  1: Intake and pumping station, and raw water transmission mains;
•  2: Saidabad WTP III and sludge treatment plant (450.000 m3 per day);
•  3: Distribution primary mains

Danida Business Finance (DBF) has offered financing for component 2, with a budget of approximately US $ 200 million (excl. contingencies and taxes).

With reservation for the Danida Internal Programme Committees endorsement of the project, Danida intends in March, 2015 to carry out an appraisal of the project. The following consultants are required for this assignment:

  • An economist with at least 15 years relevant experience in institutional issues, economics and financing of large scale water-treatment plants, and with in depth knowledge of Danida’s guidelines and the Danida Business Finance Instrument.
  • A Water Engineer with at least 15 years of relevant technical experience to assess appropriate technology for the proposed water treatment plant, and to assess the tender documents and proposed procurement procedures.

Both candidates must have extensive experience from similar assignments in developing countries.
The scope of the assignment will follow Danida Business Finance Guidelines and will be detailed in Terms of Reference to be issued to the shortlisted consultants. The expected number of man-hours for the assignment is approximately 500.  
The successful consultant for the appraisal is not eligable to tender for the following design and supervions contract.

The Capital city Dhaka is densely populated with approximately 14 million inhabitants. Dhaka is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and the requirement for water is therefore increasing. Safe drinking water is considered to be a precondition for the improvement of public health, which is essential for reduction of poverty and economic growth.

The main water source for the city was ground water.  However, the result of the high demands caused the ground water levels to decline between 1 and 2 meters per year, which is a serious environmental concern.

The Government of Bangladesh has prepared development plans for the water sector realising that surface water sources should be utilised in order to meet the demands even though costs of treating surface water are high. With the increasing scarcity of good quality ground water and rising costs of drawing ground water, the comparative economy of using surface water was increasingly advantageous. Therefore, the purpose of the water treatment plant at Saidabad is to utilise abundant surface water resources. Saidabad Water Project, Phase I, was completed in 2002 and produces 225.000 m3 per day. Saidabad Phase II, which produces the a similar quantity of water was completed in 2014 and financed through Danida Business Finance.

Deadline for applications: 16 January 2015, at 14 hours Danish Time.

The standard application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the time limit shall be rejected.

Click here to download the application form.

Contact point: UFT
Name of Programme Officer: Lars Mikkel Johannessen
E-mail address Programme Officer: [email protected]

Criteria for selection: A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender.