UPDATE – Deadline extended for consultants to Nepal’s 402-MW Arun 3

India developer Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN) has extended the deadline for pre-qualification by consultants to prepare for development of the 402-MW Arun 3 hydroelectric project on Nepal’s Arun River. Responses now are due September 22.

Applications previously were due August 29. (HNN 8/6/08) The deadline to obtain pre-qualification documents also was extended to September 20.

The government of Nepal awarded a development contract in March to SJVN, a joint venture of India’s Himachal Pradesh State and its federal government. (HNN 3/4/08) SJVN is authorized to arrange funding and develop the estimated US$860 million project over five years and to operate it for 30 years on a build-own-operate-transfer basis in Nepal’s Shankhuwasabha District.

SJVN seeks a consultant for preparation and review of a feasibility study report, bankable detailed project report, bid-level drawings, engineering, bill of quantities, bid document, and environmental impact assessment. Work includes associated investigations such as a topographical survey, geological investigation, and geophysical studies. The work is expected to require 24 months.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained until September 20 from the address below for 20,000 rupees or US$500 by demand draft or bankers check to Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. at Shimla. The documents also are available on SJVN’s Internet site, www.sjvn.nic.in, and on http://tenders.gov.in.

Applications for pre-qualification are due by 1 p.m. September 22 to the address below. A short list of pre-qualified bidders is to be invited to submit proposals.

For information, contact M.M. Verma, Senior Manager (Contracts), Corporate Civil Contract Department, D-15, Negi Niwas, Sector 1, Phase 1, New Shimla 171009 Himachal Pradesh, India; (91) 177-2671743; Fax: (91) 177-2671092; E-mail: contractsjvnl@yahoo.com; Internet: www.sjvn.nic.in.

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