Pakistan seeks bids to develop 590-MW Mahl hydropower project

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Pakistan’s Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) seeks bids to develop the 590-MW Mahl hydropower project on Pakistan’s Jhelum River. Bids are due September 27.

PPIB issued a report in February that included a portfolio of 16 hydroelectric projects expected to be on line by 2020. The World Bank’s International Finance Corp. currently is recruiting consultants to advance off-grid small hydropower in Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the country’s first privately owned hydropower project, 84-MW New Bong on the Jhelum in July.

PPIB now invites proposals from private sector entrepreneurs to develop the Mahl raw site, upstream from the Tain-Dalkot Bridge on the Jhelum. The project is 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 may be obtained from the address below upon payment of US$200 (21,000 rupees) for registration and a US$1,500 (157,200 rupees) document fee in equivalent rupees. Payments may be made to the PPIB bank account at Habib Bank Ltd., F-7 Commercial Area Branch, Islamabad, or by demand draft or pay order to PPIB at Islamabad.

Bids are due by 4 p.m. September 27 to the address below. For information, contact Managing Director, Private Power & Infrastructure Board, 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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