Pakistan seeks highway move, access road for 2,160-MW Dasu Stage 1 hydro project

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) invites applications for pre-qualification to relocate a highway and to construct an access road for the 2,160-MW Dasu Stage 1 hydroelectric project on Pakistan’s Indus River. Responses to two solicitations are due March 24.

WAPDA previously called for applications for pre-qualification by February 27 to perform major civil works construction of Dasu Stage 1. It took expressions of interest in August for project management and for an ecological-biodiversity plan for the project. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif broke ground in June for the total 4,320-MW Dasu Stage 1 and 2 project in Kohistan District.

Dasu Stage 1 includes construction of a 242-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam, underground powerhouse and switchgear cavern, and six turbine-generators. About 34 villages with 7,000 people are to be relocated and 4,104 hectares to be inundated.

WAPDA now invites applications for pre-qualification for two lots:

  • ICB NO. DASU-KKH-02, Relocation of Karakoram Highway from RD 25+200 to RD 62+032; and
  • ICB NO. DASU-RAR-02, Construction of Right Bank Access Road from Dam Site to Uttargah.

Invitations to bid for both lots are expected to be issued in May.

Pre-qualification documents, in English, for each lot may be purchased from the address below upon written application and a fee of 5,000 rupees or US$50 with mailing of documents within Pakistan. For mailing of documents outside Pakistan, the fee is 10,000 rupees or US$100. Payment is by bank pay order or demand draft to General Manager, Dasu HPP, WAPDA.

Applications for pre-qualification for each lot are due by 11 a.m. March 24, labeled either “Application to Pre-qualify for Dasu Hydropower Stage I Project Procurement of Works ICB NO. DASU-KKH-02, Relocation of Karakoram Highway from RD 25+200 to RD 62+032” or “Application to Pre-qualify for Dasu Hydropower Stage I Project Procurement of Works ICB NO. DASU-RAR-02, Construction of Right Bank Access Road from Dam Site to Uttargah.”

For information, contact General Manager/Project Director, Dasu Hydropower Project, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), 5th Floor, Al-Malik Plaza, Davis Road, Lahore, Pakistan; (92) 42-99202676; Fax: (92) 42-99202667; E-mail: dasuhpp@yahoo.com; Internet: www.wapda.gov.pk, www.ppra.org.pk, www.worldbank.org.
 

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