Pakistan seeks consultant for hydro development program

Pakistan’s Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) invites proposals by July 3 for general consultancy services in support of Pakistan’s private hydropower development initiative.

PPIB said Pakistan has viable hydropower potential of more than 40,000 MW, but has developed only 15 percent of that amount. The agency is tasked with promoting hydropower under the 2002 Policy for Power Generation Projects. It currently is promoting development of the 960-MW Tarbela 4th Extension project and seven “raw” sites totaling 1,620 MW.

The agency seeks a consulting firm to assist in monitoring and directing feasibility studies carried out by private project sponsors, with respect to hydrology, layout, sizing, seismic analysis, environmental considerations, and project costs. The consultant also would assist PPIB in day-to-day hydro project issues, including coordination with other government entities.

The work also includes development of terms of reference and consultant selection for feasibility studies, advice on power policy, and evaluation of raw sites.

A detailed scope of work is available in the request for proposals document, which may be obtained from the address below or from the PPIB Internet site, www.ppib.gov.pk.

Technical and financial proposals are due by 2 p.m. July 3 to the address below, labeled on the envelope “Proposal for General Consultants to PPIB for Hydropower Projects.” The firm who is ranked first will be invited to negotiate a contract.

For information, contact Director (IT/Administration), Private Power &Infrastructure Board, 50 Nazimuddin Road, F-7/4, Islamabad, Pakistan; (92) 51-9205421; Fax: (92) 51-9217735; E-mail: ppib@ppib.gov.pk; Internet: www.ppib.gov.pk.

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