Pakistan seeks expert panel to oversee Jinnah Barrage rehab

The Irrigation and Power Department of Pakistan’s Punjab State invites applications from professionals to serve on a five-member panel of experts to advise the agency responsible for rehabilitation and modernization of Jinnah Barrage on the Indus River. Responses are due December 30.

The World Bank approved a US$146 million credit in July for the Punjab Barrages Improvement Phase II Project to strengthen and modernize Jinnah Barrage to enable reliable supply of water for more than 2.1 million acres of farmland. The Irrigation and Power Department pre-qualified bidders in May for civil, mechanical, and electrical works at Jinnah Barrage, which was built in 1943.

A joint venture of MM Pakistan and Nippon Koei UK, a United Kingdom unit of Japan’s Nippon Koei, was named in 2007 to design the refurbishment work. In a separate project, Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority named MWH of the United States to provide construction management for the 96-MW Jinnah hydroelectric project at the site.

The Irrigation and Power Department currently seeks a panel of five experts to review design reports and proposals by the design consultants and to provide advice to the Project Management Office on matters of safety and technical aspects of design and construction works of the hydraulic infrastructure of Jinnah Barrage. The panel is to meet whenever requested and at least twice a year over five years.

The agency seeks professionals with experience in planning, design, and construction; gates and automation; environment; and sociology.

Terms of reference may be obtained from the Director (Procurement and CA) of the Project Management Office. Resumes are due December 30 to the address below.

For information, contact Head/Project Director, PMO for Punjab Barrages, Rehabilitation and Modernization Projects, Irrigation & Power Department, Government of Punjab, Canal Bank, Mustafabad, Dharampura, Lahore, Pakistan; (92) 42-99250351; Fax: (92) 42-99250352; E-mail: pmoipd@yahoo.com.

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