Pakistan again extends civil works call for 2,160-MW Dasu Stage 1 hydro project

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Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) again extended the deadline for applications for pre-qualification to perform major civil works construction of the 2,160-MW Dasu Stage 1 hydroelectric project on Pakistan's Indus River. Responses now are due February 27, 2015.

WAPDA previously called for responses by December 1 and October 31. WAPDA took expressions of interest in August for project management and for an ecological-biodiversity plan for Dasu 1. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif broke ground in June for the total 4,320-MW Dasu Stage 1 and 2 project. The run-of-river project is 240 kilometers upstream from the 3,480-MW Tarbela hydroelectric project near Dasu in Kohistan District.

Dasu Stage 1 includes construction of a 242-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam, underground powerhouse and switchgear cavern, and six turbine-generators. About 34 villages with 7,000 people are to be relocated and 4,104 hectares to be inundated.

WAPDA now invites applications for pre-qualification to carry out two lots of civil works:

  • ICB-DASU-MW-01, procurement of main works, main hydraulic structure, spillway, low-level outlets, river diversions and hydraulic steel structures; and
  • ICB-DASU-MW-02, procurement of main works, underground power complex, tunnels and hydraulic steel structures.

Pre-qualification documents, in English, may be purchased from the address below upon written application and a fee of 20,000 rupees or US$200 with mailing of documents within Pakistan. For mailing of documents outside Pakistan, the total fee is 30,000 rupees or US$300. Payment is by bank pay order or demand draft to General Manager, Dasu HPP, WAPDA, Sunny View Estate, Kashmir Road, Lahore, Pakistan.

WAPDA held a pre-qualification conference October 20-21 in Singapore and has rescheduled a second conference for January 19-20, 2015, in Dubai.

Applications for pre-qualification now are due by 11 a.m. February 27, labeled "Application to Pre-qualify for Dasu Hydropower Project DASU-MW-01 and DASU-MW-02." For information, contact Office of General Manager, Dasu Hydropower Project, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Sunny View Estate, Kashmir Road, Lahore, Pakistan; (92) 42-99202676; Fax: (92) 42-99202667; E-mail:; Internet:,,

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