Bheri Babai calls bids for hydropower component

Jan 12, 2019

The Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project finally moved to appoint a contractor to execute its hydropower component. The project office initiated the public procurement process Wednesday to select a contractor by publishing a notice inviting interested firms to apply for prequalification to construct the headworks, surge shaft, penstock and powerhouse.

Hopeful contractors have to send in their application for prequalification by February 22. After the project office finishes evaluating the proposals, it will ask shortlisted firms to submit their request for proposals in two envelopes-technical and financial.

The project office will then evaluate the technical proposal of the prospective contractors, and open the financial proposals of the bidders who are technically qualified.

According to Sanjib Baral, the government appointed project chief of Bheri Babai, the project office is planning to complete the public procurement process within five months. “Our plan is to mobilise the contractor at the project site to execute the hydropower component by this fiscal year,” said Baral.

The multipurpose project should have hired the contractor for the second component by this date, but it was held up by delays in preparing the design and receiving approval from the Department of Irrigation. The department took more than two months to approve the design of the hydropower component of the multipurpose project.

Construction work on the irrigation component of the project is progressing at a rapid pace. The project office has completed digging more than 85 percent of the 12-km tunnel. The national pride project, which is using a tunnel boring machine for the first time in Nepal, has excavated more than 10.5 km of tunnel, the key component of the irrigation-cum-hydropower scheme.

The tunnel will be used to divert water from the Bheri River to the Babai River to irrigate farmland and generate electricity.

The multipurpose project should have hired the contractor for the second component by this date, but it was held up by delays in preparing the design and receiving approval from the Department of Irrigation. The department took more than two months to approve the design of the hydropower component of the multipurpose project.

Construction work on the irrigation component of the project is progressing at a rapid pace. The project office has completed digging more than 85 percent of the 12-km tunnel. The national pride project, which is using a tunnel boring machine for the first time in Nepal, has excavated more than 10.5 km of tunnel, the key component of the irrigation-cum-hydropower scheme.

The tunnel will be used to divert water from the Bheri River to the Babai River to irrigate farmland and generate electricity.

 

BIBEK SUBEDI
Source: The Kathmandu Post