Bank seeks study of four Nepal projects totaling 3,050 MW

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to review plans for four hydroelectric projects in Nepal totaling 3,050 MW. Responses are due October 27.

The bank is providing technical assistance to the Nepal Investment Board to review feasibility studies of the projects to assess legal, economic, financial, and technical issues, including environmental and social issues.

Projects to be reviewed include 650-MW Tamakoshi, 900-MW Upper Karnali, 600-MW Upper Marsyangdi (or Marshyangdi), and 900-MW Arun 3.

The bank said all the projects are primarily export-oriented, will negotiate power purchase agreements with international buyers, and have private developers identified by the government. All four have government survey licenses, feasibility studies, reports to the investment board for review, and requests to move to negotiation of project development agreements.

Consultants are to advise the investment board on technical readiness of the four projects and advise on gaps in the current state of project preparation and work required to bring them to readiness. Consultants are to have engineering expertise in hydropower, dam design, hydrology, underground works, geology, sediment management, seismic engineering, and other areas.

Expressions of interest limited to 20 pages are due October 27, electronically via the World Bank’s eConsult Internet site, https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html. The solicitation notice is available on the website under Business Opportunities, Selection No. 1087483. For information, contact Jie Tang, Lead Energy Specialist, World Bank, (1) 202-473-5136; E-mail: jtang@worldbank.org.

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