India state again seeks consultants for small hydro, grid

Agencies of Uttaranchal State have issued a new invitation for expressions of interest from consultants to assist with design and implementation of small hydropower projects and transmission system improvements in the hydro-rich India state. Responses are due December 31.

With US$300 million in funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the state is proceeding with the Uttaranchal Power Sector Investment Program comprising clean energy development mainly involving small hydro, plus transmission system expansion and sector capacity building. (HNN 7/20/06)

The Power Transmission Corp. of Uttaranchal Ltd. (PTCUL) and hydro developer Uttaranchal Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (UJVNL) said they intend to pre-qualify consultants:
o For PTCUL: to review bidding documents, technical specifications, and construction and manufacturers drawings for transmission lines and substations; and
o For UJVNL: to review and check drawings, manage and supervise project implementation, and supervise commissioning of 5- and 10-MW hydropower projects.

The latest solicitation provides additional detail on the required tasks. The agencies said firms that responded to an earlier invitation for expressions of interest (HNN 5/25/06) may submit supplemental information.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by December 31 to the following address. For information, contact Head � Project Management Office (PMO)-ADB, c/o Power Transmission Corp. of Uttaranchal Ltd., 7-B Street No. 1, Vasant Vihar Enclave, Dehradun, Uttaranchal 248001 India; (91) 135-2762473; E-mail: md.ptcul@rediffmail.org.

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