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Pakistan seeks construction supervision for 4,500-MW Basha

Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide design, construction supervision, and contract administration for the 4,500-MW Basha hydroelectric project on Pakistan's Indus River. Responses are due December 31.

After six deadline extensions, WAPDA took applications for pre-qualification by November 27 from firms to actually build and equip Basha, also called Diamer Basha. (HNN 11/6/08) The project includes a 272-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam, two diversion tunnels, two underground powerhouses of 2,250 MW each, a permanent access bridge, and hydro-mechanical and steel structural equipment.

The current solicitation seeks consultants registered with the Pakistan Engineering Council. At least 30 percent of key personnel should be Pakistani consultants.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained from the address below for 2,000 rupees (US$25.50) from the office of Chief Engineer (Technical Services), WAPDA, Sunny View, Kashmir Road, Lahore. WAPDA plans to seek bids from a short list of pre-qualified consultants.

Applications for pre-qualification are due by 1 p.m. December 31 to the address below. For information, contact General Manager (Technical Services), WAPDA, 707 WAPDA House, Lahore, Pakistan; (92) 42-9202593 ext. 2741; Fax: (92) 42-9203467; E-mail: gmts@wapda.gov.pk; Internet: www.wapda.gov.pk.

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