India extends pre-qualifying to equip India’s 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti

THDC India Ltd. has extended the deadline for pre-qualification to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti hydroelectric project on India’s Alaknanda River. Applications now are due December 21.

THDC restarted the pre-qualification process in April after canceling its previous pre-qualification solicitation for the project, which was carried out in 2008 and 2009. THDC received a US$648 million loan from the World Bank in 2011 to help achieve financial closure of Vishnugad Pipalkoti.

The developer seeks engineering, procurement, and construction of electro-mechanical works including four vertical Francis turbine-generators of 111 MW each; single-phase, 40-MVa, 420-kV transformers; 400-kV gas-insulated switchgear; computerized control and monitoring system; spherical and butterfly valves; and XLPE cables. The contract also is to include assistance in operation for six months.

Pre-qualification documents in English may be obtained from the address below for 10,000 rupees or US$250 by demand draft to THDC India Ltd. at New Delhi/Rishikesh. Documents are available on the THDC Internet site, http://thdc.gov.in, and on www.tenders.gov.in for the information of applicants.

Firms that purchased documents for the original pre-qualification may obtain new documents free of charge.

Applications for pre-qualification now are due by 2 p.m. December 21. For information, contact Additional General Manager (Contracts), THDC India Ltd., Pragati Bhawan, Bypass Road, Pragatipuram, Rishikesh 249201 Uttarakhand, India; (91) 135-2430721; Fax: (91) 135-2438379; E-mail: thdccontract_vphep@yahoo.co.in; Internet: http://thdc.gov.in.

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