World Bank weighs funding of India’s 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti

The World Bank is considering providing US$400 million to Tehri Hydro Development Corp. Ltd. (THDC) to assist in development of the 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti hydroelectric project on India’s Alaknanda River.

The bank reported that project preparation is under way and that consultants will be required for the work.

THDC has invited applications for pre-qualification by October 21 to supply electro-mechanical equipment for Vishnugad Pipalkoti. (HNN 8/14/08) The project is to be commissioned by June 2013 in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand State.

The World Bank said the objectives of its proposed funding are to improve the reliability of India’s Northern Grid/Network through the addition of renewable, low carbon energy. It also wants to improve the effectiveness of THDC with respect to preparation and safe implementation of economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable hydropower projects.

For information, contact General Manager Deepak Sarwal, Tehri Hydro Development Corp. Ltd., Corporate Planning, Bhagirath Bhawan (Top Terrace), Bhagirathipuram, Tehri (Garhwal) 249001 Uttarakhand, India; (91) 135-24525764; Fax: (91) 135-24545092; Internet: http://thdc.gov.in.

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