Pakistan seeks construction of 3.6-MW Thor mini hydro plant

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) seeks bids to construct a 3.6-MW hydroelectric plant to power the colony that is to build the 4,500-MW Diamer Basha hydroelectric project on the Indus River in Pakistan. Bids are due March 20.

WAPDA said it plans to use government funds allotted for Diamer Basha (also spelled Bhasha) for infrastructure development of the project colony in the Thor Valley including the Thor Colony hydro plant.

WAPDA Chairman Syed Raghib Shah said Jan. 31 that Diamer Basha is being implemented by the government as a priority project. During a meeting with U.S. business people, Shah said the U.S. Agency for International Development is working with WAPDA to arrange funds for Diamer Basha, which is to have water storage capacity of 8.1 million acre-feet in addition to its hydropower generation. In a statement issued by WAPDA, Shah added that the World Bank has shown interest in providing financial assistance to construct the 4,320-MW Dasu hydroelectric project. Dasu is to be built 63 kilometers downstream from Diamer Basha on the Indus.

Meanwhile, WAPDA seeks bids for the 3.6-MW plant to serve the Thor Colony at Chilas, Gilgit Baltistan. Work is to include geological investigations, cross drainage works and a diversion weir, sediment exclusion tank, forebay/intake, escape channel with flip bucket, steel penstock, powerhouse building, tailrace, powerhouse workshop, hydro-mechanical equipment and hydraulic steel structures, and electrical equipment.

Bidding documents may be purchased from the address below upon written application and a fee of 5,000 rupees (US$51) plus 1,000 rupees (US$10) for courier delivery.

Bids are due by 11 a.m. March 20 to WAPDA Auditorium at WAPDA House in Lahore. For information, contact General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Diamer Basha Dam Organization, Water and Power Development Authority, 708 WAPDA House, Lahore, Pakistan; (92) 42-99202211, extension 2708; Fax: (92) 42-99203467; Internet: www.wapda.gov.pk.

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