India state invites qualification to build 690-MW Ratle

Jammu &Kashmir State Power Development Corp. Ltd. (JKSPDC) invites applications for pre-qualification to build the 690-MW Ratle hydroelectric project on India’s Chenab River. A pre-bid conference is scheduled July 7, with qualifications due August 6.

JKSPDC plans to seek bids to develop the project on a build-own-operate-transfer basis in Kishtwar District of Jammu &Kashmir State.

A detailed project report prepared by NHPC Ltd. is to be available to qualifying bidders at the request for proposals stage. Water and Power Consultancy Services (India) Ltd. completed a preliminary feasibility study of the project in 2005.

Bidding is subject to several parameters including an up-front premium by the bidder of more than 500,000 rupees (US$11,765) per MW. At least 15 percent of the project’s power is to be offered to the state, free of charge. Fifty-five percent of the remaining power is to be sold under tariff to the state Power Development Department. A price also is to be established for sale of the project back to the state at the end of a 35-year concession.

Request for qualification documents may be obtained until August 6 from the address below for 500,000 rupees (US$11,765) by demand draft to JKSPDC at Srinagar. The documents also may be obtained from the JKSPDC Internet site,, with the fee submitted to JKSPDC.

A pre-bid conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 7 at Government of Jammu &Kashmir, Resident Commission, 5, Prithvi Raj Road, New Delhi 110011. Those interested in attending are asked to notify JKSPDC by e-mail at the address below.

Requests for qualification are due by 2 p.m. August 6. For information, contact Director Finance (Authorized Person/Nodal Officer), Jammu &Kashmir State Power Development Corp. Ltd., Exhibition Grounds, Srinagar, Kashmir, Jammu &Kashmir, 190009 India; Tel/Fax: (91) 194-2453790; E-mail:; Internet:

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