Pakistan again extends supervision bid date for 4,500-MW Diamer Basha

Pakistan has further extended the deadline for expressions of interest to provide design, construction supervision, and contract administration for the 4,500-MW Diamer Basha hydroelectric project on the Indus River. Responses now are due March 31.

Previous deadlines were February 28, January 31, and December 31 for construction supervision of Diamer Basha, previously called Basha.

In December, WAPDA announced a list of 11 firms or joint ventures that submitted applications for pre-qualification to actually build or equip the Diamer Basha project. (HydroWorld 1/22/09) Diamer Basha includes a 272-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam, two diversion tunnels, two underground powerhouses of 2,250 MW each, a permanent access bridge, and hydro-mechanical and steel structural equipment.

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) currently seeks consultants registered with the Pakistan Engineering Council to provide design, construction supervision, and contract administration. At least 30 percent of key personnel should be Pakistani consultants.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained for 2,000 rupees (US$25.50) from the office of Chief Engineer (Technical Services), WAPDA, Block C, Sunny View, Kashmir Road, Lahore, Pakistan; (92) 42-9203771; Fax: (92) 42-9204164. WAPDA plans to seek bids from a short list of pre-qualified consultants.

Applications for pre-qualification are due by 1 p.m. March 31 to the address below. For information, contact General Manager (Technical Services), WAPDA, 707 WAPDA House, Lahore, Pakistan; (92) 42-9202593 ext. 2741; Fax: (92) 42-9203467; E-mail: gmts@wapda.gov.pk; Internet: www.wapda.gov.pk.

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