India state seeks bids to develop five projects of 496 MW

India’s Himachal Pradesh State (HP) seeks bids for development of five hydroelectric projects, totaling 496 MW, on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. Bids are due November 5.

The projects, all of which have been offered for bid previously, include: 126-MW Bardang, 102-MW Rashil, and 110-MW Tandi, all in Chenab Basin of Lahaul &Spiti districts (HNN 6/11/07); 60-MW Patam in Miyar-Chenab Basin of Lahaul &Spiti districts; and 104-MW Lara Sumta in Spiti-Satluj Basin of Kinnaur District. (HNN 7/1/08)

Winning bidders would be granted 40-year concessions, after which the projects would be transferred to HP. HP also reserves the right of equity participation up to 49 percent.

The projects would be required to provide the state, free of charge, 12 percent of their power for 12 years, 18 percent of their power for the subsequent 18 years, and 30 percent of their power thereafter to the end of the concession. The state said price bids also are required to quote a fixed up-front charge of 2 million rupees (US$46,610) per MW capacity of the project.

Bid documents may be obtained from the address below for 200,000 rupees (US$4,661) per project by bank draft or bankers check payable to Accounts Officer (Banking), HPSEB, Shimla, and drawn on any scheduled Indian bank at Shimla. Courier delivery costs 1,000 rupees (US$24) in India and 5,000 rupees (US$117) for foreign delivery.

Bids are due November 5. For information, contact Chief Engineer (PSP), Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board, Vidyut Bhawan, Shimla 171004, Himachal Pradesh, India; Tel/Fax: (91) 177-2803253; E-mail: cepsp@hpseb.com; Internet: www.hpseb.com.

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