UPDATE – India extends powerhouse bidding again for 3,000-MW Dibang

India developer NHPC Ltd. again extended one of two remaining pre-qualification deadlines for civil construction packages of India’s 3,000-MW Dibang hydroelectric project. Two construction lots remain outstanding, Lots 3 and 4, with response dates now set for March 12 and April 1.

NHPC extended the previous Lot 4 deadline to April 1 from March 4. (HydroWorld 1/28/09) NHPC, the former National Hydroelectric Power Corp., invited pre-qualification starting in August 2008 for a total of four packages of project work on the Dibang River in India’s Arunachal Pradesh State. (HydroWorld 6/27/08)

The 164.25 billion rupee (US$4.1 billion) multipurpose project is to include a 228-meter-tall, 816.3-meter-long concrete gravity dam and a powerhouse with 12 250-MW turbine-generators. In addition to generating power, the project is to provide flood moderation and navigation benefits on the Dibang in Lower Dibang Valley District.
Lot 3: Diversion tunnel, dam, intake, hydro-mechanical work

NHPC has extended the pre-qualification deadline until 3 p.m. March 12 for Lot 3: All civil works comprising diversion tunnel, coffer dams, concrete gravity dam, intake structure, and hydro-mechanical work of the diversion tunnel. Earlier deadlines were February 6, December 3, November 3, and September 22.

Pre-qualification documents for Lot 3 now may be obtained until March 5 from the address below. The request, labeled “Request for Pre-qualification Invitation Document for Dibang Lot: 3 for Dibang Multipurpose Project,” must be accompanied by a fee of 40,000 rupees or US$1,000 by demand draft to NHPC Ltd. at Faridabad.

Lot 4: Headrace tunnels, pressure shaft, powerhouse, tailrace

NHPC also extended the pre-qualification deadline to 3 p.m. April 1 for Lot 4: All works comprising headrace tunnels, pressure shaft, underground powerhouse, tailrace system, and pothead yard, requiring 78 months. The earlier deadlines were March 4, January 30, December 1, October 31, September 30, and August 18

Pre-qualification documents for Lot 4 now may be obtained until March 27 from the address below. The request, labeled “Request for Pre-qualification Invitation Document for Dibang Lot: 4 for Dibang Multipurpose Project,” must be accompanied by a fee of 40,000 rupees or US$1,000 by demand draft to NHPC Ltd. at Faridabad.

Documents in both solicitations also may be obtained from the NHPC Internet site, www.nhpcindia.com, with the fees submitted with the application for pre-qualification. Those obtaining documents from the Internet must inform the address below at least 15 days before applications are due.

The pre-qualification deadline expired August 22, 2008, for two other lots:
o Lot 1: Tender stage design, construction planning, design and engineering, and project management, requiring 108 months; and
o Lot 2: Infrastructure works comprising internal roads and bridges, including a 740-meter-long road tunnel, requiring 36 months.

For information, contact T.K. Kapoor, Chief Engineer (Civil Contracts IV), NHPC Ltd., Room 215, 2nd Floor, NHPC Office Complex, Sector 33, Faridabad 121003 Haryana, India; (91) 129-2270974; Fax: (91) 129-2254674; E-mail: tkkapoor@nhpc.nic.in; Internet: www.nhpcindia.com.

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