Pakistan seeks bids to develop 350-MW Athmuqam, 132-MW Rajdhani hydro projects

Pakistan’s Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) seeks bids to develop the 350-MW Athmuqam and 132-MW Rajdhani hydropower projects in Pakistan. Bids are due June 20.

PPIB took bids last year to develop the 590-MW Mahl hydropower project on the Jhelum River. The agency also issued a report that included a portfolio of 16 hydroelectric projects expected to be on line by 2020. Pakistan’s planning minister said in an April report that Pakistan has a challenge to greatly increase its water storage capacity.

PPIB now invites proposals from private sector entrepreneurs to develop the raw sites of Athmuqam on the Neelum River and Rajdhani on the Poonch River in Azad-Jammu-Kashmir State. Both projects are to be implemented under the government’s Policy for Power Generation Projects 2002, which provides incentives to private sector investment in power projects.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the PPIB Internet site, www.ppib.gov.pk. Expression of interest documents for each project may be obtained from the address below upon payment of US$200 (or 19,730 rupees) for registration and a US$1,500 (or 147,972 rupees) document fee. Payments information is on the PPIB website.

Bids are due by 4 p.m. June 20 to the address below. For information, contact Managing Director, Private Power & Infrastructure Board, Ministry of Water and Power, 50 Nazimuddin Road, F-7/4, Islamabad, Pakistan; (92) 51-9100118; Fax: (92) 51-9100131; E-mail: ppib@ppib.gov.pk, Internet: www.ppib.gov.pk.

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