India firm to invest US$763 million in 528-MW Tapovan Vishnugad

The board of directors of state-owned NTPC Ltd. agreed November 16 to invest 34.25 billion rupees (US$763 million) to build the 528-MW Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric project on the Dhauliganga River in India’s Uttaranchal State.

NTPC said the board gave investment approval to develop the project as a merchant power plant at the �indicative estimated completed cost.�

The power plant developer currently seeks bids in separate solicitations for electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment for the project. (HNN 10/19/06) Tapovan Vishnugad is to include four 132-MW vertical Pelton turbines, governors, four 144.44-MVa generators, excitation, transformers, valves, cranes, auxiliaries, switchgear, and supervisory control and data acquisition system.

Electro-mechanical bids are due November 27, followed by hydro-mechanical bids December 1. NTPC previously invited bids for powerhouse, penstock, and headrace tunnel.

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