Nepal seeks design, supervision consultants for rehab of 144-MW Kali Gandaki A hydro project

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) invites expressions of interest from consultants to design and supervise rehabilitation of the 144-MW Kali Gandaki A hydroelectric project on the Kali Gandaki River in western Nepal. Responses are due November 11.

The World Bank approved US$89.2 million to support Nepal’s Energy Crisis Management Action Plan, including rehabilitation of Kali Gandaki A and expansion of small hydropower plants. U.S. Ambassador Peter Bodde called in August for investment in Nepal’s hydropower sector.

NEA recruited consultants in 2009 to assist in procurement for Kali Gandaki A. Nepal’s King Gyanendra inaugurated Kali Gandaki A in 2004 in Syangja District, about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. The US$453 million project was funded by the Asian Development Bank and Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

NEA now seeks consultants for detailed design, specifications, cost estimates, bill of quantities, bidding documents, assistance in procurement, NEA capacity building, and supervision of construction and installation of equipment at Kali Gandaki A.

Requiring three years, rehabilitation of Kali Gandaki A is to involve dam safety, civil and electro-mechanical works, and automation and controls. Firms interested in providing goods and services for that work are invited to contact the address below.

Terms of reference for the consulting work now are available on the NEA Internet site, www.nea.org.np. Expressions of interest and qualifications for the consulting work are due to the address below by hand, mail, e-mail, or fax by November 11.

For information, contact Nepal Electricity Authority; Project Coordinator; Kali Gandaki A Hydropower Plant Rehabilitation Project; Generation, Operation, and Maintenance Department; Kathmandu, Nepal; (977) 1-4153070; Fax: (977) 1-4153071; E-mail: kgahpprp@nea.org.np; Internet: www.nea.org.np.

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