UPDATE – Dam consultant deadline extended for India’s 40-MW Renuka

India’s Himachal Pradesh Power Corp. (HPPC) has extended the deadline for expressions of interest from consultants to help develop the 40-MW Renuka Dam hydroelectric project in Sirmour District of Himachal Pradesh State. Responses now are due March 9.

HPPC previously sought responses by February 17 for a national consultant with expertise in rockfill dams. (HNN 1/15/09)

The consultant is to be responsible for finalizing layout, guidance for design, preparation of drawings, additional geological investigations and explorations, and selecting and engaging an engineering-procurement-construction contractor. The work is to require 18 person-months over a period of 24 months.

The developer specifically seeks a civil engineering consultant with 20 years’ experience and at least five years in planning, design, and construction of large rockfill dams.

Renuka, a drinking water storage and supply project, is to include a powerhouse with two 20-MW generating units and a rockfill dam. Estimated cost of the project is 27 billion rupees (US$558.3 million).

In January 2008, Pabbar Valley Power Corp. Ltd., a subsidiary of Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board, requested proposals from consultants to help develop Renuka, on the Grill River at Dadahu. (HNN 1/9/08) At that time, the project was described as including a 148-meter-tall earth and rockfill dam, three diversion tunnels of 1,400 meters in length and seven meters in diameter, coffer dams, chute spillway, and dam toe powerhouse with two 20-MW generating units.

Solicitation documents were available from the address below. Expressions of interest and qualifications, labeled �EOI for Consultancy Services for Renuka Dam Project,� now are due by 3 p.m. March 9.

For information, contact General Manager (Contracts), Himachal Pradesh Power Corp. Ltd., Shanti Kutir, Chakkar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171005 India; (91) 177-2832513; Fax: (91) 177-2832307; E-mail: hppc.contracts@gmail.com; Internet: www.hppcl.gov.in.

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