Consultants sought for India basin hydro study

The World Bank invites expressions of interest by June 24 from consultants to perform an India River Basin Optimization Study in the area of hydropower planning and development.

The bank has applied to the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility to finance the study, which is intended to demonstrate a framework for efficient hydropower development at India’s river basin level to facilitate sustainable development.

The bank said the study is to consider cumulative technical, hydrological, environmental, and social effects, as well as effects on power system management, of multiple hydropower project development in an India river basin. The study is to help reduce the risk of individual projects and to improve the framework for public and private investments and partnerships in hydropower development.

The World Bank is to manage the project for the beneficiaries, the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal.

Consultants are to have expertise in hydropower planning and engineering, power economics, hydrology, water resources management, and environmental and social aspects of hydropower development.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due June 24 to the address below. The World Bank plans to select a short-list of firms to whom a request for proposals will be distributed.

Confirmation that the expression of interest has been sent by mail is to be sent by e-mail to For information, contact Michael Haney, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank, 1818 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20433 USA; (1) 202-473-3680; Fax: (1) 202-522-2427; E-mail:

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