India’s Water and Power Consultancy Services (India) Ltd. (WAPCOS) has awarded a contract to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) of India to supply electro-mechanical equipment for rehabilitation and completion of Afghanistan’s 42-MW Salma Dam hydroelectric project.
BHEL is to design, manufacture, supply, install, and commission three 14-MW Francis turbines with matching generators and microprocessor-based control and excitation equipment for Salma, on the Hari Rud River in Herat Province, Afghanistan. BHEL’s manufacturing units in Bhopal, Jhansi, and Bangalore, India, are to supply main equipment for the project, while its Power Sector-Northern Region unit will handle installation.
Under a Technical and Economic Cooperation program, India’s Ministry of External Affairs awarded a US$77.7 million contract in 2004 to WAPCOS to reconstruct, rehabilitate, and complete the project.
The Salma contract was one of BHEL’s first two contracts in Afghanistan. The second is from Power Grid Corp. of India to supply and install a 220-kilovolt substation at Kabul. The two turnkey contracts total 2.2 billion rupees (US$47.8 million), BHEL said.