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India developer awards headrace tunnel contract for 412-MW Rampur

Hydro developer Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN) has awarded a contract for civil and hydro-mechanical work to build a headrace tunnel for the 412-MW Rampur hydroelectric project.

SJVN, a joint venture of India's federal government and Himachal Pradesh State, awarded a contract to Patel-Gammon JV of India totaling 3.8 billion rupees (US$83 million) plus US$9 million. Patel-Gammon was one of five bidders for the work on the Satluj River in Himachal Pradesh.

Rampur is a run-of-river project that is to utilize tailrace waters of SJVN's 1,500-MW Nathpa Jhakri project. In January, India's Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved construction of the 20.47 billion rupee (US$458 million) project in Shimla and Kullu districts. (HNN 1/29/07)

The contract work includes construction of a 10.5-meter-diameter headrace tunnel, diversion tunnel, surge tunnel, upstream and downstream cofferdams, and access roads. Also included is design, engineering, supply, fabrication, and installation of hydro-mechanical works. The work is to require 54 months.

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