Railway reforms in China
The Seventh Railway Project will support the Ministry of Railways' initial efforts to implement its 30-point action statement of railway reform. The project's main objectives are to assist MOR in: 1) redefining the relationship between the railway and the government; 2) reshaping the railway organisation and strengthening its internal management; 3) expanding the railway's transport capacity, raising its investment efficiency and enhancing its finances; and, 4) modernising the railway's technologies and bolstering efficiency and quality of its transport operations and service.
To achieve these objectives, MOR formulated a series of components on policy reform and institutional development (PID), investments, and studies. PID components include: railway enterprise reform, railway tariff reform, and labour productivity enhancement. Investments include: 1) expanding corridor capacity; 2) modernising information systems; 3) upgrading telecommunications systems; 4) commercialising container transport; 5) enhancing environmental protection; and, 6) expanding system capacity. The studies include components that will provide MOR with technical assistance and software needed to prepare future railway projects or to develop and apply new railway technologies and management techniques.
Contact: China International Tendering Company (ITC), Room 907, Jiu Ling Building (North Wing), No.21, Xi San Huan Bei Lu, Beijing, China-100089. Tel: (86-10) 68404246; Fax: (86-10) 68404792
Iran offers new oil blocks
Iran is offering exploration rights to foreign companies and joint ventures for new oil and gas fields in the Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea. Joint seismic surveys have been carried out in certain blocks. Iran is the second largest oil producer among the OPEC countries.
Mauritius to follow IBRD rules
The Government of Mauritius will follow IBRD guidelines in hiring international contractors for work on the Environmental Sewerage and Sanitation Project. The scope of work would include construction of pipelines and sewers; of pumping stations; treatment plants; works supervision; and providing project management services. To be a part of this JBIC funded project, interested parties may contact: Wastewater Management Authority, Port Louis, Mauritius. Tel: (230) 242-6444; Fax: 242-1649; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Uzbekistan needs railway equipment
The State Joint Stock Railway Company and the Uzbek Railways have invited tenders from ADB member countries for supply and delivery of equipment for the Railway Modernisation Project. The supply work has been divided into nine packages, one each for abrasive rail saws, rail drilling machines, mobile welding sets, hydraulic jacks, rail profile grinders, switch grinders, mobile generating units, hydraulic rail tensors and coach screwing machines.
Bidding documents are available for $100 and must be submitted by July 15 along with EMD ranging from $2,000 to $12,000 for the various packages.
Contact: State Joint-Stock Railway Company, Uzbek Railways UTY, Tashkent-700060. Tel: 998 (71) 138-8573; Fax: 133-4179