India’s NHPC seeks builders for 3,000-MW Dibang

India’s NHPC Ltd. invites applications for pre-qualification for three construction packages of the 3,000-MW Dibang hydroelectric project on the Dibang River in India’s Arunachal Pradesh State. Responses are due in August.

NHPC, the former National Hydroelectric Power Corp., is developing Dibang in a joint venture with Arunachal Pradesh outlined in 2006. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the project in January. (HNN 2/12/08)

The 164.25 billion rupee (US$4.1 billion) multipurpose project is to include a 228-meter-tall, 816.3-meter-long concrete gravity dam and a powerhouse with 12 250-MW turbine-generators. In addition to generating power, the project is to provide flood moderation and navigation benefits on the Dibang in Lower Dibang Valley District.

In one solicitation, NHPC invites applications for pre-qualification by 3 p.m. August 6 for two lots:
o Lot 1: Tender stage design, construction planning, design and engineering, and project management, requiring 108 months; and
o Lot 2: Infrastructure works comprising internal roads and bridges, including a 740-meter-long road tunnel, requiring 36 months.

Pre-qualification documents for those lots may be obtained from the address below until August 4. The request, labeled “Request for Pre-qualification Invitation Document for Dibang Lot: 1&2 for Dibang Multipurpose Project,” must be accompanied by a fee of 20,000 rupees or US$500 by demand draft to NHPC Ltd. at Faridabad.

In a second solicitation, NHPC invites applications for pre-qualification by 3 p.m. August 18 for another lot:
o Lot 4: All works comprising headrace tunnels, pressure shaft, underground powerhouse, tailrace system, and pot head yard, requiring 78 months.

Pre-qualification documents for that lot may be obtained from the address below until August 14. The request, labeled “Request for Pre-qualification Invitation Document for Dibang Lot: 4 for Dibang Multipurpose Project,” must be accompanied by a fee of 40,000 rupees or US$1,000 by demand draft to NHPC Ltd. at Faridabad.

Documents in both solicitations also may be obtained from the NHPC Internet site, www.nhpcindia.com, with the fees submitted with the application for pre-qualification. Those obtaining documents from the Internet must inform the address below at least 15 days before applications are due.

For information, contact T.K. Kapoor, Chief Engineer (Civil Contracts IV), NHPC Ltd., Room 216, 2nd Floor, NHPC Office Complex, Sector 33, Faridabad 121003 Haryana, India; (91) 129-2270974; Fax: (91) 129-2254674; E-mail: tkkapoor@nhpc.nic.in; Internet: www.nhpcindia.com.

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