Construction Supervision Works of Digital Silk Way Fiber Optic Cable Line, Phase 2

The objective of the assignment is to provide diligent and effective construction supervision for the Digital Silk Way fiber optic cable line across three distinct routes: 106 kilometers along the southern route, 460 kilometers along the western route, and 200 kilometers along the northern route. The overarching goal is to ensure that the construction processes adhere to approved plans, industry standards, and safety protocols.

ARPA Consulting implemented following scope: 

  • Monitor civil works and installations  provided by the contractor in accordance with the design 
  • Provide testing of materials where necessary and monitor conduction of the tests provided by the contractor in accordance with the legal requirements and contract specifications 
  • Supervise construction process in accordance with the local standards and regulation 
  • Foresee possible problems and advise the Employer appropriately during the construction.
  • Detect inconsistencies and defects during the construction works, making visual capturing of any such defects/inconsistencies and informing the Employer;
  • Monitor the performance of hidden works and certify relevant acts (acts of hidden works).
  • Record, examine and evaluate all claims submitted by the Contractor and submit timely recommendations thereof for Employer. 
  • If necessary, submit substantiated proposals to the Employer on the expediency and necessity of making changes in the project and the cost estimate of the works to be performed at the initiative of the Consultant and / or the Contractor.
  • Review Variation Orders, determine its reasonability and recommend to Employer on their implementation
  • Approve a final construction report, as-built drawings and maintenance manuals;
  • Obtain the as built designs from the Contractor, Review, and approve them in accordance with the “Design Specifications”, and hand them over to the employer
  • Provide weekly progress reports as well as Final report to Employer etc.

Name of Client: Azerconnect LLC

Start Date (Month/Year): April/2022

Completion Date (Month/Year): May/2023

Feasibility Study for Neftchala Solar Plant

  • Works on project preparation, clarification of the scope of work, determination of environmental aspects in terms of environmental impact
  • Current legislation, standards, and state policy in the field of environmental protection.  Company Environment, Health, and Safety Policy Project overview. 
  • Project location. Project site conditions.
  • Adjacent areas. (According to the results of field research). 
  • Project Components. Project solution.

Alternatives to the project: 

  1. Site selection options 
  2. Design options
  3. Technological alternatives, 

One of the requirements of ESIA documents is the evaluation of alternatives.

Initially for this project

  1. In the absence of a project, environmental, social and economic issues
  2. It brings environmental, social and economic issues to life.
  3. Site selection alternatives for this project, such as why the project should be implemented in the proposed location and not in anotherarea (site), what are the advantages over other locations, etc.
  4. The same ideas are given in designing and the research results on the difference and advantage of the technology used in the project fromother technological solutions, why this technology is applied, etc.
  5. Description of the environment (lands and landscapes, meteorology, hydrography, air quality, etc.). Preparation of a review (report) basedon the results of an assessment of the current environmental status of the project area and upcoming research work.
  6. Assessment of significant environmental and social impacts. (separately during construction and operation)
  7. Landscape and visual; land use; geology and hydrology (soils and groundwater); biodiversity; Birds (Avi -Fauna); the bats;
  8. Archeology and cultural heritage; air quality; Infrastructure and housing and
  9. communal services; Public Health, Safety and Security; Socioeconomic conditions; 
  10. Occupational health and safety; and d (to be determined during evaluation)
  11. Calculation of emissions using special programs

Preparation of the Environmental Management Plan (EMP): 

a. Mitigation measures and plan;

b. Conducting monitoring and monitoring plan,

c. Environmental management program and its regulation plan.

  • Preparation of a preliminary version of the environmental impact assessment report based on the prepared materials, carrying out discussions with stakeholders.
  • Socio-economic analysis: The methodology will be based mainly on desktop research, analysis of secondary data from the existing national statistics, national and international organizations’ reports.
  • In the future when the particular site is identified within Netfchala area, the detailed Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, site visits and public consultation will be needed, and additional days will be required.

Design review of the 230MWac Garadagh Solar PV Power Plant

The Project refers to the Area 60, 200 MW Solar Power Project developed by MASDAR in the Republic of Azerbaijan. It is located in the Area 60 region, 9km northwest of Alat settlement and at approximately 60km to the south-west of Baku (the “Project).

Conduct a comprehensive review of the solar PV power plant’s design documents, engineering drawings, and technical specifications to identify any potential flaws or areas of improvement.

Ensure the design complies with industry standards, regulations, and best practices.

Provide valuable insights and recommendations to optimize the plant’s efficiency and performance.

Verify updated detailed designs 

Assist in evaluating the environmental impact and sustainability aspects of the solar PV power plant design.

Generate clear and concise reports outlining the design review findings and recommendations.

Support during the commissioning phase to verify that the implemented design aligns with the approved plans

Construction Supervision of Civil Works for Phase 1: Alat Free Economic Zone

The ALAT Free Economic Zone in Baku, Azerbaijan, at approximately 8,500,000m2, is a massive industrial development designed to encourage trade in the area and foster an entrepreneurial mind-set in future generations.

Azerbaijan’s ongoing development of its non-oil sector is seen as crucial in ensuring future economic growth. The intention of this strategy is to move the economy from its traditional dependence on Oil/Gas and is embedded in the Government’s Vision 2020 document which highlights six main goals or objectives:

  • Diversify the economy
  • Modernise the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Develop and Adopt Innovations
  • Increase Quality of Human Development
  • Protect the Environment
  • Ensure WTO Entry

The Alat Free Economic Zone (AFEZ) – designed to speak to this need for an export focussed industrial zone – is located adjacent to the new Baku Port and is the focal point for the Government of Azerbaijan’s efforts to attract and grow export lead value added and manufacturing activity. The AFEZ has unique government approved legislation which allows it to offer a range of incentives and advantages that are not available to any other location in the country, including exemptions from taxes and customs duties, a one stop shop and self-regulated arbitration process

Description of Actual Services Provided by ARPA staff:

  1. In performing the services use its best endeavour to identify those technical and economic solutions which are most suited to the requirements of the Project.
  2. Carry out the role of the Engineer under Construction Contract with due expedition and without delay.
  3. Review, verify, approve and certify documents prepared by the Contractor such as but not limited to drawings, specifications, calculations and any other relevant documents necessary for the execution and completion of the Project
  4. Advise the Contractor of the permits, licenses, certificates and the like required to be collected by the Contractor from the relevant authorities and departments and monitor the Contractor’s compliance.
  5. Respond to technical queries, clarifications and the like raised by the Contractor, Coordinate with the Design Consultant as required.
  6. Carry out off-site inspections of materials and equipment as necessary.
  7. Review and approve shop drawings, product data, samples, inspection and test reports and other Contractor submittals and approve all materials.
  8. Analyse the advantages, disadvantages and cost implications of the selected alternatives with the technical standards under consideration.
  9. Estimate Project costs for each of the selected alternatives and technical standards.
  10. Review the Performance Bonds and Advance Payment Bonds submitted by the Contractor
  11. Assist in the preparation of Variation Orders including preparing estimates of the cost thereof and preparing and/or amending drawings and specifications, if applicable.
  12. Establish the value of Variation Orders, obtain the approval of the Employer as applicable and achieve agreement with the Contractor.