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India's NHPC awards contract to build 330-MW Kishanganga

India hydro developer NHPC Ltd. has awarded a contract to the HCC-Halcrow Consortium for turnkey construction of the 330-MW Kishanganga hydroelectric project on India's Kishanganga River.

NHPC awarded the 27.26 billion rupee (US$557.75 million) contract to the consortium, comprising Hindustan Construction Co. Ltd. (HCC) of India and Halcrow Group Ltd. U.K.

HCC, which announced the award to the Bombay Stock Exchange January 23, said it would be responsible for investigations, planning, design and engineering, construction of civil and associated infrastructure, supply, transportation, installation, testing, and commissioning of plant and machinery over 84 months.

Kishanganga is to be built on the Jhelum River tributary in the Bandipora and Gurez Valley of Jammu &Kashmir State. (HNN 8/21/06) The project includes construction of a 37-meter-tall concrete-faced rockfill dam, a 23.5-kilometer tunnel, and an underground powerhouse with three 110-MW turbine-generators.

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