India state seen seeking bids for four projects of 856 MW

India’s Himachal Pradesh State is expected to seek bids for construction of four hydroelectric projects totaling 856 MW under an Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding program.

ADB is considering lending US$800 million to Himachal Pradesh under the MFF (Multi-Tranche Financing Facility) Himachal Clean Power Development program.

The program is to expand power supplies and develop clean energy by supporting selected investments in hydropower generation and related transmission system expansion. The program would partially offset project operating expenses by carbon credit sales under the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

The four run-of-river projects to be developed include 111-MW Sawra Kuddu on the Pabbar River (HNN 4/27/06); 243-MW Integrated Kashang (including Kashang Stages 1-3) on the Kashang River; 100-MW Sainj (or Sanj) on the Sainj River; and 402-MW Shongtong Karcham (or Songtong Karcham) on the Satluj River. (HNN 10/3/06)

The first tranche of the program was expected to include Sawra Kuddu, 65-MW Kashang 1, and a US$12 million capacity development component.

ADB said international competitive bidding will be used for turnkey contracts to build and equip the hydropower plants. National competitive bidding is to be used for civil works contracts of less than US$10 million and other contracts of less than US$1 million.

Investment components will require procurement of civil works such as construction of intake tunnels, desilting facilities, headrace tunnels, surge shafts, penstocks, powerhouses, associated electro-mechanical works, and transmission lines.

Consulting services are to be procured for contract administration, hydropower design and construction, construction supervision, planning, human resources, information technology, CDM initiatives, and power trading.

Upon ADB approval of funding, the executing agency for the program is to be the Himachal Pradesh Power Corp. Ltd.

Information on the program is available on the ADB Internet site at www.adb.org/Documents/ADBBO/LOAN/41627013.ASP.

The ADB project officer is Andrew Jeffries, Energy Division, SARD, Asian Development Bank, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6325319; E-mail: ajeffries@adb.org; Internet: www.adb.org.

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