India state seeks civil works, gates for 111-MW Sawra Kuddu

India’s Himachal Pradesh Power Corp. Ltd. (HPPC) seeks bids for civil work, gates, and hoisting equipment for the 111-MW Sawra Kuddu hydroelectric project on the Pabbar River in Shimla District of India’s Himachal Pradesh State. Bids are due April 8.

HPPC recently recruited consultants to serve as financial management specialist to its implementation of Sawra Kuddu and three other hydroelectric projects in Himachal Pradesh State totaling 856 MW. (HNN 1/14/09) The run-of-river projects are proposed under a Multi-Tranche Financing Facility for Himachal Clean Power Development, to be funded by the Asian Development Bank.

HPPC seeks bids for construction of Sawra Kuddu’s diversion tunnel, power intake, desanding arrangement, and gates and hoisting equipment.

Bid documents, in English, may be obtained from the address below for 20,000 rupees or US$500. Courier delivery costs an additional 500 rupees for domestic delivery or US$50 for overseas delivery. A pre-bid conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. March 17.

Bids are due by 2 p.m. April 8. For information, contact General Manager (Contracts), Himachal Pradesh Power Corp. Ltd., Shanti Kutir, Kamna Nagar, Chakkar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171005 India; (91) 177-2832513; Fax: (91) 177-2832307; E-mail:

Sawra Kuddu powerhouse, equipment contracts awarded

HPPC awarded a 1.53 billion rupee (US$31.18 million) contract to Patel Engineering Ltd. of India for construction of the Sawra Kuddu powerhouse complex. (HNN 3/21/08) Patel was chosen from among three bidders for construction of Sawra Kuddu’s powerhouse, including a surge shaft, pressure shafts, machine hall, installation bay, control bay, transformer cavern, pothead yard, cable tunnel and other tunnels, and tailrace tunnel.

HPPC also awarded a contract worth US$36.15 million to VA Tech Hydro Pvt. India Ltd. and VA Tech EWF Pvt. Ltd of India to supply electro-mechanical equipment for Sawra Kuddu. (HNN 8/20/08) The firms were chosen over one other bidder for design, supply, installation, and commissioning of three 37-MW turbine-generators, auxiliaries, generator transformers, 245-kilovolt gas-insulated switchgear, XLPE cable, and other equipment for the powerhouse, pothead yard, dam area, and BFV house area.


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