UPDATE – Dates for India’s Kotlibhels a moving target

India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corp. (NHPC) once again extended the deadlines to pre-qualify for civil works construction of three hydroelectric projects totaling 1,045 MW.

The projects are 195-MW Kotlibhel 1A, 320-MW Kotlibhel 1B, and 530-MW Kotlibhel 2, all to be built in India’s Uttaranchal State. (HNN 8/30/06) Deadlines for obtaining pre-qualification documents for all three projects were extended again, to September 7.

195-MW Kotlibhel 1A

NHPC now invites applications for pre-qualification by 2 p.m. September 13 for civil works construction of Kotlibhel Stage 1A. KB1A, Lot 1 includes a diversion tunnel, cofferdam, concrete gravity dam, intake structure, headrace tunnel, surge shaft, pressure shaft, underground powerhouse (to house three 65-MW units), tailrace system, pothead yard, and diversion tunnel gates and hoists.

320-MW Kotlibhel 1B

NHPC now invites applications for pre-qualification by 2 p.m. September 14 for civil works construction of Kotlibhel Stage 1B. KB1B, Lot 1 includes a diversion tunnel, cofferdam, concrete gravity dam, under sluice, power intake, inclined pressure shafts, surface powerhouse (to house four 80-MW units), tailrace channel, and diversion tunnel gates and hoists.

530-MW Kotlibhel 2

NHPC now invites applications for pre-qualification by 2 p.m. September 15 for civil works construction of Kotlibhel Stage 2. KBII, Lot 1 includes a diversion tunnel, cofferdam, concrete gravity dam, silt flushing tunnel, road tunnel, power intake, inclined pressure shafts, underground powerhouse (to house eight 66.25-MW units), tailrace tunnels, pothead yard, and diversion tunnel gates and hoists.

NHPC also issued some changes in instructions to applicants, which are available on its Internet site, www.nhpcindia.com.

Pre-qualification documents for all three may be obtained from the same Internet site, with notification to the address below and submission of the document fee with the pre-qualification application.

The document fees for Kotlibhel 1A and 1B are 20,000 rupees or US$500 each. The document fee for Kotlibhel 2 is 40,000 rupees or US$1,000. Fees are payable by demand draft to National Hydroelectric Power Corp. Ltd. at Faridabad.

For information, contact Kanwar Singh, Chief Engineer (Civil Contracts-I), National Hydroelectric Power Corp., Room 217, 2nd Floor, NHPC Office Complex, Sector 33, Faridabad 121003 Haryana, India; Tel/Fax: (91) 129-2254674; E-mail: kanwarsingh@nhpc.nic.in; Internet: www.nhpcindia.com.

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