Afghanistan seeks bids to build 500-kW Baharak, 500-kW Topchi small hydro projects

Afghanistan’s electricity authority seeks bids for construction of the 500-kW Baharak and 500-kW Topchi small hydro projects in Afghanistan. Bids are due November 4.

The Asian Development Bank approved a US$570 million energy sector investment program for Afghanistan in 2008, including funding for mini-hydropower projects in rural areas of Badakhshan and Bamyan provinces. Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (Afghanistan Electricity Authority) (DABS) recruited consultants in 2009 for work including developing Baharak, then estimated at 2.1 MW, on the Warduj River in Badakhshan. A consultant’s report recommended building Baharak at a cost of US$23.8 million.

DABS now seeks bids for construction of Baharak as Lot 1 and Topchi as Lot 2, including intakes, weirs, headrace canals, forebays, penstocks, powerhouses, steel works, and supply and installation of electro-mechanical equipment. Bids may be submitted for one or both lots.

Bid documents in English may be obtained by written request for “DABS/008/ICB: Construction of Baharak and Topchi Mini-hydropower Plants” to the address below including a US$100 fee by cashier’s or certified check via Main Bank Branch Code 001, Beneficiary customer DABS — Project Management Office, A/C No. 60436657, Kabul Bank, Kabul, Afghanistan, SWIFT Code KABUAFKA, Intermediary institution Unicredito Italiano SpA, 20123, Milano, Italy, Account No. USD: 0995 4357, SWIFT Code UNCRITMM.

Bids are due by 10 a.m. November 4. For information, contact Dr. Waheedullah Popalzai, Director PMO, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (Afghanistan Electricity Authority), 2nd Floor, Room No. 313, PMO Office, Chaman Houzouri, Kabul, Afghanistan; (93) 700279767; E-mail:; Copy to Rohullah Sahil, (93) 786015219; E-mail:

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