Procurement seen for Pakistan small hydro program

The government of Pakistan will be recruiting consultants, contractors, and equipment suppliers for the first in a series of small hydropower project �clusters� to be built in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Punjab Province.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided additional information on the previously announced program and invited prospective bidders to contact Pakistani officials administering the Renewable Energy Development Sector Investment Program. (HNN 7/6/06)

The ADB is considering a proposal to provide a US$100 million loan for the program to develop indigenous, non-polluting, renewable sources of energy to help meet Pakistan's power shortage and to diversify power sources.

The bank said the first loan proposal, called a Periodic Financing Request (PFR), is representative of other such proposals to be forthcoming. They involve three major areas, clean energy development, feasibility studies and due diligence of new sites, and capacity development.

Clean energy development

Under the current PFR, the clean energy development area includes construction of three grid-connected hydro plants in NWFP and five hydropower plants on irrigation canals in Punjab, altogether totaling about 75 MW.

NWFP plants include 36.6-MW Daral Khwar, 11.5-MW Ranolia Khwar, and 2.6-MW Machai Canal. Punjab plants include 5.4-MW Chianwali, 5-MW Deg Outfall, 7.2-MW Marala, 3.2-MW Pakpattan, and 4-MW Okara.

Feasibility studies, due diligence of new sites

For feasibility studies and due diligence of new sites, the current PFR would support preparation of eight additional feasibility studies involving three NWFP sites and five Punjab sites. They would be converted into sub-projects for financing under a subsequent PFR.

NWFP plants include 18-MW Koto, 8-MW Jabori, and 7.5-MW Karora. Punjab plants include 10-MW BS Link RD 106, 10-MW BS Link Tail RD 316, 6-MW LBDC RD 258, 3.5-MW LBDC RD 461, and 5-MW LCC RD 0.

Capacity development

The current PFR also would support capacity development work at the federal, provincial, and project levels to provide better planning, policy work, training, financial management, institutional strengthening, and project management.

NWFP and Punjab previously invited expressions of interest from consultants to help implement the NWFP projects and the first five Punjab projects. (HNN 8/25/06) (HNN 8/11/06)

Civil works construction and equipment and materials in excess of US$1 million are to be procured through international bidding under ADB guidelines. Consultants are to be selected under ADB guidelines for project management, detailed design, and construction supervision of hydro plants and for feasibility studies of new hydro plants.

Prospective bidders seeking additional information are invited to contact the addresses below:
o Federal Government: Alternative Energy Development Board, Mujahid Sadiq, Director General for International Cooperation, B-344, Prime Minister's Secretariat, Constitution Avenue, Islamabad, Pakistan; (92) 51-9207594; Fax: (92) 51-9205790; E-mail: mujahid@aedb.org;
o North West Frontier Province: Managing Director Ishtiaque Hussain Shah, Sarhad Hydel Development Organization (SHYDO), 372 WAPDA House, Shami Road, Peshawar, NWFP, Pakistan; (92) 91-9212034; Fax: (92) 91-9211988;
o Punjab Province: Chief Engineer Muhammad Yaqoob, Department of Irrigation and Power, 1st Floor, Central Design Building, Irrigation Secretariat, near Old Anarkali, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan; (92) 42-9212794; Fax: (92) 42-9212796; E-mail: engrmmy@hotmail.com.

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