Consultants sought for India state power sector including hydro

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) invites expressions of interest from consultants to help build power sector capacity, including hydropower, in India’s Himachal Pradesh State. Responses are due January 4, 2009.

ADB has approved US$600,000 in technical assistance for Capacity Building for Himachal Pradesh Power Sector Agencies. In October, ADB approved an US$800 million, eight-year hydropower loan package to Himachal Pradesh, including first-tranche financing of the 111-MW Sawra Kuddu and 65-MW Kashang 1 hydropower projects. (HNN 10/24/08)

The current technical assistance is to develop a comprehensive power system master plan that will provide a blueprint for power system development in the state. It is to ensure capital investments are part of a long-term plan, rather than ad hoc development.

ADB plans to recruit consultants for 11 international expert person-months and seven domestic expert person-months with expertise in technical and economic aspects of power system development including generation, transmission, and distribution. Consultants are to include a power system planning expert, a hydropower expert, a distribution expert, a power economist, and a transmission expert.

The hydropower expert is to produce a realistic, staged, least-cost, long-term hydropower development program, and estimate the annual capital and operating costs of the program. The hydro expert is to support the power system planning expert in producing a series of generation development scenarios.

Information on the solicitation is on the ADB Internet site at www.adb.org/Projects/project.asp?id=41611. Terms of reference are available on the same site. Expressions of interest may be submitted by January 4, 2009, via the ADB Internet site at http://csrn.adb.org:8080/csrn/login.jsp.

Under a tentative schedule, a short list of prospective bidders would be named by January 5, 2009. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin March 16, 2009.

The ADB project officer is Neside T. Anvaripour, Energy Division, SARD, South Asia Department, Asian Development Bank, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6326211; E-mail: ntasanvaripour@adb.org; Internet: www.adb.org.

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