India seeks seismic metering for 1,450-MW Sardar Sarovar

The operator of the recently completed 1,450-MW Sardar Sarovar hydroelectric project seeks bids for upgraded seismic instrumentation for the giant dam, power, and irrigation project. Bids are due February 26.

India completed construction of the controversial project December 31 on the Narmada River in Gujarat State. (HNN 1/3/07) It has a main powerhouse with six 200 MW reversible Francis units. Another powerhouse, with five 50 MW Kaplan turbines, is supplied with water from the giant canal system.

The project was unscathed by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that devastated surrounding Gujarat State in 2001.

Sardar Sarovar Nigam Ltd. seeks turnkey updating of seismological instrumentation at existing seismological observatories around the project, in the dam, and in the underground powerhouse. The system is to connect through very small aperture terminals (VSAT) and provide satellite bandwidth for five years and AMC of the system for four years after warranty on a turnkey basis.

A pre-bid meeting is scheduled January 24. Bid documents may be obtained through February 26. Bids are due by 6 p.m. February 26.

For information, contact Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd., Superintending Engineer, N.P. Head Works Circle, Kevadia Colony 393151 India; (91) 2640-232013, (91) 9426-892304; Internet:

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