U.S. seeks environmental study of Pakistan’s 4,500-MW Diamer Bhasha hydro project

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks bids to perform an environmental and social impact assessment of Pakistan’s proposed 4,500-MW Diamer Bhasha hydroelectric project on the Indus River. Questions may be submitted until June 17, with bids due July 7.

It was reported last year that the World Bank and Asian Development Bank agreed to help finance construction of Diamer Bhasha (also spelled Basha). USAID took comments in May on a draft statement of work for the environmental and social impact assessment.

Pakistan recruited firms in 2009 for design, construction supervision, and contract administration of Diamer Bhasha, which includes a 272-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam, two diversion tunnels, two underground powerhouses of 2,250 MW each, a permanent access bridge, and hydro-mechanical and steel structural equipment.

USAID/Pakistan now seeks bids to perform an environmental and social impact assessment in partnership with the government of Pakistan. The assessment is to address the environmental, socio-economic and cultural situation at the project site and identify potential significant adverse environmental and social impacts including the project’s impact on the entire river cascade and surrounding areas. The work is expected to require two years at a cost of US$17 million to US$18 million.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the U.S. Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. SOL39114000035 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Questions are due by 5 p.m., Islamabad time, June 17.

Bids are due by 5 p.m., Islamabad time, July 7. For information, contact Henok Amenu, Department of State, USAID Unit 62206, APO 09812-2206, Islamabad, Pakistan; (92) 51-2081271; E-mail: hamenu@usaid.gov, with copy to Luis Rivera, Contracting Officer, lrivera@usaid.gov.

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