India developer courts bidders for 775-MW Luhri

Hydro developer Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN) invites expressions of interest in construction of the 775-MW Luhri hydroelectric project on the Satluj River in India’s Himachal Pradesh State. Responses are due December 8.

SJVN signed memoranda of understanding in October with the Himachal Pradesh government for development of Luhri and the 40-MW Dhaulasidh hydroelectric project. (HNN 11/7/08)

SJVN plans to take bids for civil and hydro-mechanical works of the project on an engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) basis. It previously solicited EPC expressions of interest in July for slightly different specifications. (HNN 6/4/08) Luhri is being implemented in Shimla, Mandi, and Kullu districts, downstream of the 412-MW Rampur project, which SJVN already is building.

Luhri includes an 86-meter-tall concrete gravity dam, a 38-kilometer twin headrace tunnel, four steel-lined pressure shafts with penstock length of 173 meters, an underground powerhouse containing four 193.75-MW Francis turbine-generators, and a 454-meter tailrace tunnel. Hydro-mechanical works include radial and vertical gates, hoisting arrangements for spillways and intakes, a draft tube, tailrace tunnel outfall, and steel penstock liner.

SJVN divided the work into four packages:

o Package 1: Head works including diversion tunnel, intake, twin headrace tunnel of 9 meters in diameter and 5.68 kilometers from intake to adit tunnel (AT1)/adit tunnel (AT2), and hydro-mechanical works of the dam for an estimated cost of 8.63 billion rupees (US$175.8 million);

o Package 2: Twin headrace tunnel of 9 meters in diameter and 14.17 kilometers from adit tunnel AT1/AT2 to AT4/AT5 for an estimated cost of 8.25 billion rupees (US$168 million);

o Package 3: Twin headrace tunnel of 9 meters in diameter and 13.54 kilometers from adit tunnel AT4/AT5 to AT7/AT8 for an estimated cost of 7.88 billion rupees (US$160.5 million);

o Package 4: Twin headrace tunnel of 9 meters in diameter and 4.74 kilometers from adit tunnel AT7/AT8 to headrace surge including civil/hydro-mechanical works of powerhouse for an estimated cost of 5.81 billion rupees (US$118.4 million).

SJVN said it intends to apply for a loan from the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and conduct bidding under World Bank guidelines. It said the current solicitation is not a pre-qualification notice and that it soon will announce a general procurement notice for the work.

Firms that want to be included on a mailing list for invitations to bid are invited to contact the address below. Firms that want to submit any information or views on the mode of execution of the works are invited to submit expressions of interest, labeled �EOI for Civil &Hydro-mechanical Works Packages of LHEP,� to the address below by December 8.

SJVN said it intends to hold a conference in the first or second week of December with interested firms. The exact date, time, and venue are to be available on SJVN Internet sites www.sjvn.nic.in and http.tender.gov.in in due course.

For information, contact V.K. Pathak, Deputy General Manager/In Charge (Contracts), or Er. M.M. Verma, Sr. Manager (Contracts), Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd., Corporate Civil Contracts Dept., D-15, Sector 1, New Shimla, Shimla 171009 Himachal Pradesh, India; (91) 177-2672143; Fax: (91) 177-2671092; E-mail: contractsjvnl@yahoo.com; Internet: www.sjvn.nic.in.

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