Pakistan seeks equipment upgrade study at 1,000-MW Mangla

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) invites expressions of interest from consultants to study upgrading generating equipment at 1,000-MW Mangla Dam to utilize additional hydraulic capacity from increasing the height of the dam. Responses are due September 7, 2009.

WAPDA is completing an increase in the height of the 42-year-old dam on the Jhelum River. (HydroWorld 4/25/08) The work increased the structure to the maximum conservation level of 1,242 feet from the original 1,202 feet. It increased water storage by 2.88 million acre-feet.

The project’s 10 100-MW turbine generators range in age from 15 to 40 years, with the oldest outliving their useful lives.

WAPDA seeks consultants to perform a feasibility study of upgrading and refurbishing the generating units, including determining the maximum power potential of the project upon completion of the height increase. Consultants are to determine the most viable technical and economic options for the upgrade. The work is to be performed over six months.

Solicitation documents may be obtained from the first address below until September 6 for 1,000 rupees (US$12) by pay order or bank draft to Manager Finance (Hydel), WAPDA, Lahore, payable at Habib Bank Ltd., Gardee Square Branch, Lahore, Account No. 1303-59.

Expressions of interest are due to the addresses below by 11 a.m. September 7. WAPDA plans to name a short-list of firms for invitation to bid.

For information, contact:
o General Manager, (Hydel), Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), 186 WAPDA House, Lahore, Pakistan; (92) 42-9202288; Fax: (92) 42-9202159;
o Chief Engineer, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Mangla, Mangla Dam, Pakistan; (92) 544-639161; Fax: (92) 544-639162; Internet: www.wapda.gov.pk.

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