Pakistan seeks consultants for Indus River hydro program

The government of Pakistan invites expressions of interest from consultants to aid a water sector capacity building program that includes studies of two large hydropower projects on the Indus River. Responses to two solicitations are due April 15.

The government obtained a US$38 million loan from the World Bank’s International Development Association for the water sector program being coordinated by the Ministry of Water and Power. Implementing agencies include the Indus River System Authority, Water and Power Development Authority, and the Infrastructure Project Development Facility.

The program is to focus on detailed feasibility studies of two large run-of-river hydropower projects, small dams, and other strategic studies; improvement of analytical work for water resources planning, development, and management; and capacity building of the federal water sector institutions.

Among projects being developed on the Indus in Pakistan are 4,320-MW Dasu, 4,500-MW Diamer Basha (HydroWorld 3/5/09), the 960-MW Tarbela 4th Extension to the 3,478-MW Tarbela project (HydroWorld 3/6/09), 5,458-MW Bunji (HydroWorld 4/25/08), and 96-MW Jinnah. The 1,450-MW Ghazi Barotha project went on line on the Indus in 2003. (HydroWorld 5/14/08)

One of the current solicitations calls for consultants to perform planning studies in the fields of water and hydropower development. Specifically, it seeks evaluation of past and present resettlement plans in Pakistan in the context of international best practices in order to improve resettlement plans. Expressions of interest are due to the address below by April 15.

The other current solicitation calls for consultants to undertake a strategic assessment of the Indus River System Authority’s governance, organization, operation and maintenance of its refurbished telemetry system, and staffing, in order to improve agency performance. Expressions of interest are due to the address below by April 15.

For information, contact Project Director, Water Sector Capacity Building and Advisory Services Project (WCAP), PMPIU, Plot No. 6 (Office of Chief Engineering Adviser), Sector G-5/1, near Old MNA Hostel, Islamabad, Pakistan; (92) 51-9244547; Fax: (92) 51-9244599; E-mail: rashiddirpm@gmail.com.

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