India seeks civil, HM contractor for 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti

Tehri Hydro Development Corp. Ltd. (THDC) invites applications for pre-qualification for civil construction and hydro-mechanical equipment for the 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti hydroelectric project on the Alaknanda River. Responses are due February 27.

In 2007, THDC canceled pre-qualification for a full engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) contract for Vishnugad Pipalkoti, in India’s Uttarakhand State. (HNN 7/12/07) At that time, it said it intended subsequently to issue separate procurement notices for two EPC packages, one for civil works and hydro-mechanical equipment, and one for electro-mechanical equipment.

The current solicitation seeks EPC construction of civil works and supply of hydro-mechanical equipment, including:
o Civil works: 65-meter-tall concrete gravity dam, 13.4-kilometer headrace tunnel, desilting chambers, underground powerhouse, transformer cavern, and 3-kilometer tailrace tunnel; and
o Hydro-mechanical works: radial and vertical gates, hoisting arrangements for spillways and intakes, penstock steel liner, etc.

The subsequent solicitation for electro-mechanical works is expected to seek four vertical Francis turbine-generators of 111 MW each; 13 single-phase, 46-MVa, 13.8/400-kV transformers; and 420-kV GIS, XLPE cables, and control system.

Pre-qualification documents are available on the THDC Internet site,, for the information of applicants. Documents, in English, may be obtained until February 26 from the address below for 10,000 rupees or US$222 by demand draft to Tehri Hydro Development Corp. Ltd. at New Delhi/Rishikesh.

Applications for pre-qualification are due by 2 p.m. February 27. THDC expects to issue invitations to bid in May.

For information, contact Executive Director (Contracts), Tehri Hydro Development Corp. Ltd., Ganga Bhawan, Bypass Road, Pragatipuram, Rishikesh 249201 Uttarakhand India; (91) 135-2430721; Fax: (91) 135-2438379; E-mail:; Internet:

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