The Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has invited bids for turbines and associated works for the 1,450MW Ghazi Barotha hydroelectric power project. The contract will include design, manufacture, delivery and commissioning.

Bids will be opened on 20 May (see Tenders).

The power station, on the river Indus, will comprise a gated barrage, a 52-kilometre power channel and a power complex. Italy’s linpregilo has been awarded contracts for the barrage and the power channel. China’s Dongfang Electric Corporation has submitted the low bid for work on the power house (MEED 2:2:96).

The consultant is the local Pakistan Hydro Consultants, a joint venture comprising Harza Engineering Company of the US, Ewbank Preece and Binnie, Black & Veatch, both of the UK, and two local firms, National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak) and Associated Consulting Engineers.

The bulk of the finance for the project is coming from the World Bank. Japan’s Overseas Economic Co-operation Fund, the European Investment Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and Germany’s Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau. The estimated total costs are $2,200 million.