Errant Indian firm to outsource remaining tasks

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    The project has spent Rs37.71 billion and completed 95 percent of the work so far

    Jun 18, 2018-Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the state-owned power utility has convinced the Indian contractor hired to handle hydro mechanical work of 456 MW Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project to outsource its remaining tasks to another firm.

    Texmaco Limited, the Indian contractor hired for the hydro mechanical work of the 456MW hydropower project will soon sign a contract with Andritz Hydro, the Austrian company to perform remaining jobs, according to the NEA.

    Andritz Hydro is currently hired as the electromechanical contractor for the project.While the Austrian company is carrying out the work at war-footing, Texmaco is working at a snail’s pace, posing threat over timely completion of the project.

    Senior officials of Andritz Hydro were at the project site last week to discuss with  Upper Tamakoshi project officials and Texmaco representatives about the job transfer. “During the meeting, there was a verbal agreement which will be followed by a written agreement soon,” said Ganesh Raj Neupane, spokesperson at the Upper Tamakoshi Project.

    The dillydallying by Texmaco Limited pushed NEA’s patience to the limit who in turn, asked the errant Indian firm to outsource the job to the Austrian firm.

    The sub-contracting of the task is an alternative solution that the power utility proposed as breaking contract with the Indian firm and reappointing another contractor would take around three to four months.

    Source: The Kathmandu Post