India seeks environment, sediment studies for 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti

Tehri Hydro Development Corp. Ltd. (THDC) seeks consultants in separate solicitations for environmental studies and for sediment handling studies for the 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti hydroelectric project on the Alaknanda River.

Expressions of interest are due April 20 and 27 for the project in India’s Uttarakhand State. (HNN 1/12/07)

Vishnugad Pipalkoti is to feature a 65-meter-tall gravity dam, 13.4-kilometer headrace tunnel, desilting chambers, an underground powerhouse containing four vertical Francis turbine-generators of 111 MW each, a transformer cavern, and 3-kilometer tailrace tunnel. The government of India is using US$910,000 in technical assistance from Japan for consulting services.

THDC seeks consultants to assess the effects of the project, recommend frameworks to manage downstream flows and effects on flora and fauna, and combine environmental reports into an integrated report. Expressions of interest, labeled �Expression of Interest for Consulting Services for Environmental Studies for Vishnugad Pipalkoti HE Project,� are due to the address below by 4 p.m. April 20.

THDC also seeks consultants to determine optimal measures for dealing with sediment before finalization of bidding documents for an engineering-procurement-construction contract. Expressions of interest, labeled �Expression of Interest for Consulting Services for Sediment Handling Optimization Study for Vishnugad Pipalkoti HE Project,� are due to the address below by 4 p.m. April 27.

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: bansallk_2004@yahoo.com.sg; Internet: http://thdc.nic.in.

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