India state seeks design review of 100-MW Sainj

India’s Himachal Pradesh Power Corp. Ltd. (HPPC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as an expert panel to review the design of the 100-MW Sainj hydroelectric project on India’s Sainj River. Responses are due April 30.

HPPC previously recruited a financial management specialist for implementation of Sainj (also called Sanj) and three other hydro projects in Himachal Pradesh State. (HydroWorld 1/14/09) The state received a loan from the Asian Development Bank toward 70 percent of the construction cost of the four projects.

The run-of-river project is to include a diversion dam on the Sainj River near Nihami, an intake drawing 35.88 cubic meters per second of water, an underground desilting arrangement, headrace tunnel, surge shaft, a 550-meter-long steel-lined pressure shaft, two 50-MW Pelton vertical-axis turbine-generators, and an underground powerhouse.

To address specific problems related to design engineering, construction, and geology, HPPC seeks consultants with expertise in civil engineering in areas of construction, detailed engineering, planning, and design; engineering geology; electro-mechanical equipment and engineering; and hydro-mechanical equipment and engineering.

HPPC said the main purpose of the panel would be to render advice in finalization of layout of different project components and to review the design concept of the project and associated structures.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due to the address below by 5 p.m. April 30. The submission is to be in an envelope labeled “EOI for Panel of Experts for Sainj HEP.”

For information, contact General Manager (Designs), Himachal Pradesh Power Corp. Ltd., Sundernagar, District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh 174402 India; Fax: (91) 1907-262298; E-mail:; Internet:

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