Comments sought on proposed environmental study of Pakistan’s 4,500-MW Diamer Bhasha hydro project

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks comments on a draft statement of work for an environmental and social impact assessment of Pakistan’s proposed 4,500-MW Diamer Bhasha hydroelectric project on the Indus River. Responses are due May 5.

It was reported last year that the World Bank and Asian Development Bank agreed to help finance construction of Diamer Bhasha (also spelled Basha).

Pakistan recruited firms in 2009 for design, construction supervision, and contract administration of Diamer Bhasha, which includes a 272-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam, two diversion tunnels, two underground powerhouses of 2,250 MW each, a permanent access bridge, and hydro-mechanical and steel structural equipment. It also took bids last year to build the 3.6-MW Thor hydroelectric plant to power the colony that is to build Diamer Bhasha.

USAID/Pakistan now requests comments on a draft statement of work for a proposed environmental and social impact assessment to be conducted in partnership with the government of Pakistan. The assessment is to address the environmental, socio-economic and cultural situation at the project site and identify potential significant adverse environmental and social impacts including the project’s impact on the entire river cascade and surrounding areas.

The request for comment and the statement of work may be obtained from the U.S. Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, under https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=41e75adcf59133735edbf6b1a9b13877&tab=core&_cview=0.

Responses are to be submitted via e-mail and attachments by 5 p.m., Islamabad time, May 5 to the address below. For information, contact Maria Hassan, Acquisition and Assistance Specialist, Department of State, USAID Unit 62206, APO 09812-2206, Islamabad, Pakistan; (92) 51-2081285; E-mail: mahassan@usaid.gov, with copy to Luis Rivera, Contracting Officer, lrivera@usaid.gov.

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