UPDATE – Bidding extended to study Nepal’s 402-MW Arun 3

India developer Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN) has extended the bidding deadline for studies and tender preparation for development of Nepal’s 402-MW Arun 3 hydroelectric project. Bids now are due May 28.

Bids previously were due May 7. (HNN 4/23/09)

The government of Nepal awarded a development contract in March 2008 to SJVN, a joint venture of India’s Himachal Pradesh State and India’s federal government to develop Arun 3 on Nepal’s Arun River. The developer took applications for pre-qualification for studies and tender preparation in January. (HNN 1/14/09)

SJVN is authorized to arrange funding and develop the estimated US$860 million project over five years and to operate it for 30 years on a build-own-operate-transfer basis in Nepal’s Shankhuwasabha District.

The developer seeks a consultant for preparation and review of a feasibility study report, bankable detailed project report, bid-level drawings, engineering, bill of quantities, bid document, and environmental impact assessment. Work includes associated investigations such as a topographical survey, geological investigation, and geophysical studies.

Bid documents were available from the address below for 20,000 India rupees or US$410, plus 500 rupees (US$10) for delivery. The documents are available on SJVN’s Internet site, www.sjvn.nic.in, and on http://tenders.gov.in with the fee payable with the bid submission.

Bids now are due by 1 p.m. May 28 to the address below. For information, contact D.K. Chauhan, Deputy General Manager/In Charge (Contracts), Corporate Contracts Department (Civil), D-15, Phase 1, Sector 1, Phase 1, SJVNL, New Shimla 171009 Himachal Pradesh, India; (91) 177-2672143; Fax: (91) 177-2671092; E-mail: contractsjvnl@yahoo.com; Internet: www.sjvn.nic.in.

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