The process of selecting the consultant for preparing detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed Tamakoshi 5 is into the final stage with evaluation of half a dozen companies who participated in the bidding process completed. The consultant will be selected within a month, according to the project.
Lahmeyer International GmbH of Germany, WAPCOS India Limited, Nippon KOEI Company Limited (Japan), AF Consult (Switzerland), MWH International Inc (America) and SP Studio Pietrangeli Consulting Engineers (Italy) have participated in the bidding process initiated by the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). The most technically and financially sound company out of these will be selected as consultant.
The selected consultant will prepare DPR within one and half years of starting work. Feasibility study has showed that dam will not be required for the project as water from the under-construction Upper Tamakoshi Project will be directly taken through tunnel. The project will be developed in cascade model and its cost, annual generation and financial aspects will be determined only after completion of the DPR. The construction model and investment structure will also be decided only after that. The NEA has already done feasibility study for the project and estimated its installed capacity to be 87 MW. It is expected to generate 460 million units annually and its estimated cost is Rs 13 billion (US$ 130 million) at Rs 150 million per MW.
Similarly, the NEA and Korea Water Resources Corporation (K Water) are also preparing to select consultant for preparing DPR for Modi A and Upper Modi, with combined installed capacity of 62.5 MW, that they are jointly developing. Feasibility study done by K Water has showed that Modi A can be developed as a 42 MW and project Upper Modi 20.5 MW through the same structure in cascade model.
Source : Karobar daily