Patel to build powerhouse for India’s 600-MW Loharinag Pala

India’s NTPC Ltd. has awarded a contract to Patel Engineering Ltd. to build the powerhouse and penstock for the 600-MW Loharinag Pala hydroelectric project on the Bhagirathi River in Uttaranchal State.

The 3.6 billion rupee (US$80.3 million) contract includes construction of a powerhouse cavern, transformer hall, cable shaft, surge shaft, pressure shaft, steel penstock, and tailrace tunnel, plus excavation of part of a headrace tunnel.

Patel previously received a 3.18 billion rupee (US$69 million) contract to build a headrace tunnel for the project. (HNN 8/22/06) Hindustan Construction Co. Ltd. also received a 2.46 billion rupee (US$53.55 million) contract to build a dam and desilting chamber.

The run-of-river project is to include four 150-MW turbine-generators. It is to be completed in 45 months.

Patel also announced November 7 that it acquired a controlling stake in Michigan Engineers Pvt. Ltd., a Mumbai-based infrastructure company. Patel said earlier this year it plans to bid to develop independent hydropower projects on a build-operate-transfer basis.

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