UPDATE – Pakistan extends 4,500-MW Basha deadline a sixth time

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) extended for a sixth time the deadline for pre-qualification in three solicitations to build and equip the 4,500-MW Basha hydroelectric project on Pakistan’s Indus River.

The due date was extended to November 27. Previous deadlines were November 6, October 7, July 31, May 31, April 1, and March 1. (HNN 9/30/08)

The Pakistan government last year said it planned to borrow US$16 billion from international banks to build Basha (or Diamer Basha) Dam and two other projects.

WAPDA issued separate invitations for pre-qualification for three lots:
o Lot 1: Concrete dam and related structures, including diversion tunnels and permanent access bridge;
o Lot 2: Underground works and related structures (left and right bank); and
o Lot 3: Hydro-mechanical equipment and steel structural equipment.

Pre-qualification documents, in English, for each lot may be obtained from the address below for 30,000 rupees or US$500 for mailing within Pakistan. Mailing outside Pakistan requires a further fee of 9,000 rupees or US$150. Payment is by pay order or demand draft.

Applications for pre-qualification, labeled by the lot descriptions for Diamer Basha Dam, now are due to the address below by November 27. Invitations to bid are expected to be issued during 2008.

For information, contact Dr. Izhar-ul-Haq, General Manager (Technical Services), WAPDA, 707 WAPDA House, Lahore, Pakistan; (92) 42-9202593 ext. 2741; Fax: (92) 42-9203467; Internet: www.wapda.gov.pk.

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