Pakistan seeks project management consultants for 83.4-MW Kurram Tangi hydropower project

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Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) invites expressions of interest from consultants to establish a project management unit for the 83.4-MW Kurram Tangi hydroelectric project to be built on Pakistan's Kurram River.

In March Pakistan's Executive Committee of the National Economic Council approved construction of Kurram Tangi Stage 1 in North Waziristan and Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (formerly North-West Frontier Province). Infrastructure development group MWH Global received a contract in 2012 for environmental assessment of the project.

The U.S. Agency for International Development agreed to grant US$81 million grant for the project. The U.S. Congress released US$280 million in 2012 to support Kurram Tangi and the 1,000-MW Mangla hydroelectric project.

WAPDA now invites expressions of interest from consultants to form a project management unit for Kurram Tangi Stage 1, the Kaitu Weir irrigation and power project. The unit is to be responsible for project preparation, procurement, management and coordination.

Stage 1 includes construction of a weir on the Kaitu River in North Waziristan Agency, development of two irrigation systems, and construction of a feeder channel-tunnel, silt excluder, two powerhouses, transmission lines, construction camps and access roads. The consultancy is expected to require 33 months.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained from the address below for 2,000 rupees (US$20.45). Expressions of interest are due by 11 a.m. May 27.

WAPDA plans to establish a short-list of firms to be invited to bid. Firms must be registered with the Pakistan Engineering Council.

For information, contact General Manager (Projects) North, Water and Power Development Authority, 274 WAPDA House, Shami Road, Peshawar, Pakistan; (92) 91-9212048; Fax: (92) 91-9212003; E-mail: gmnorth@gmail.com; Internet: www.wapda.gov.pk.

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