India state awards US$3.4 million small hydro, grid contract

The hydro development agency of India’s Uttarakhand State has awarded a US$3.4 million contract to SMEC International Pty Ltd. of Australia to build and equip four small hydroelectric projects and perform transmission system expansion work.

With US$300 million in funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the state took bids in 2007 under the Uttarakhand Power Sector Investment Project comprising clean energy development mainly involving small hydro, plus transmission system expansion and sector capacity building. (HNN 2/8/07)

SMEC said consultancy services will cover hydro projects ranging from 4 MW to 10 MW, 785 kilometers of 400-kilovolt transmission lines, various 220-kV and 132-kV transmission lines, and substations.

The four two-unit hydro projects solicited by Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. in 2007 are in Rudraprayag District: 9-MW Kaldigad, 4-MW Kaliganga 1, 6-MW Kaliganga 2, and 10-MW Madhyamaheshwar. Work includes design, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning.

SMEC said the five-year project provides it a strong foothold in the large and growing power transmission sector in India. The company already is working in Uttarakhand with SMEC India to provide detailed engineering services for the 330-MW Shrinagar hydroelectric project on the Alaknanda River. (HNN 8/9/07)

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