Nepal seeks consultants for India grid links to giant hydro expansion

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) invites expressions of interest from consultants to help develop a transmission system to export 25,000 MW of hydropower it plans to develop over 20 years. Responses to two solicitations are due February 25.

With funding from the World Bank’s International Development Association, NEA’s Power Development Project plans to develop 10,000 MW of hydropower over 10 years and 25,000 MW over 20 years. As part of the hydro expansion plans, export-oriented projects of about 6,000 MW are being developed, mostly by the private sector.

To deliver that power, mainly to markets in India, NEA plans to develop a Transmission System Master Plan. It is to encompass transmission lines in India and Nepal to be built by ventures of Power Grid Corp. of India, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. of India, IL&FS of India, and NEA.

In the first of two solicitations, NEA currently invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare the Transmission System Master Plan. Work includes establishing institutional capacity within NEA and establishing technical, financial, and economic parameters.

In a second solicitation, NEA invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as owner’s engineer for NEA. Work includes overseeing procurement and contracting phases for transmission lines and substations.

Expressions of interest and qualifications for each solicitation are due by 3 p.m. February 25 to the address below. For information, contact Nepal Electricity Authority, Director R.C. Pandey, Cross Border Transmission Projects, Post Box No. 10020, Durbar Marga, Kathmandu, Nepal; (977) 1-4153138; Fax: (977) 1-4153079; E-mail:; Internet:

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