Pakistan seeks consultant to tender, supervise 26-MW Shagharthang

Pakistan’s Gilgit Baltistan Region invites expressions of interest from consultants to assist in tendering and to supervise construction of the 26-MW Shagharthang hydroelectric project on Pakistan’s Kachurah River, a tributary of the Indus River. Responses are due January 4, 2010.

With financing from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Investment Bank, and the government of Pakistan, the Water and Power Department of Gilgit Baltistan plans to develop the high-head run-of-river project in the Shagharthang Valley. The project includes a diversion weir, desilting basin, connecting channel, daily storage pond, open tunnel, surge tank, penstock pipe, a powerhouse containing three generating units, and a 38-kilometer transmission line.

The consultant is to prepare pre-qualification and bidding documents, supervise field investigations, and supervise the project during construction and commissioning. A feasibility study of the project was conducted by Mirza Associates of Lahore, Pakistan, in 2008.

Solicitation documents may be obtained from the ADB Internet site,, under

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by January 4 to the address below with a copy to Asian Development Bank, Cleo Kawawaki, Project Officer, E-mail:

For information, contact Water and Power Department Gilgit Baltistan, Engineer Ghulam Mehdi, Project Director/Superintending Engineer, Baltistan Circle, Satellite Town, Skardu, Pakistan; (92) 5815-920220; Fax: (92) 5815-920470; E-mail:

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