IBN seeks geotechnical, hydropower engineers for 900-MW Upper Karnali hydro project


    upper-karnali_areaThe Investment Board of Nepal invites expressions of interest from engineering geology and geotechnical engineers and hydropower engineers to advise development agencies on construction of the 900-MW Upper Karnali hydro project on Nepal’s Karnali River. Responses are due March 18.

    The Investment Board of Nepal and India builder GMR Group last year signed a project development agreement for construction of Upper Karnali in the Surket, Achham and Dailekh District of Nepal. The government awarded a contract in 2008 to GMR and consortium partner Italian-Thai Development Project Co. of Thailand to build Upper Karnali, then rated at 300 MW. The World Bank recruited consultants in 2012 to review plans for Upper Karnali and three other hydroelectric projects in Nepal totaling 3,050 MW.

    Upper Karnali is to be built in about five years as a power export project. It is to deliver power to the Power Grid Corp. of India grid in India by a 400-kilovolt double-circuit transmission line.

    The Investment Board now invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as engineering geology and geotechnical engineer and general hydropower engineer for Upper Karnali. The engineers are to advise the government of Nepal, GMR Upper Karnali Hydropower Ltd. and Karnali Transmission Co. Private Ltd. on all aspects of the project as provided in terms of reference.

    A description of the project and terms of reference may be obtained from the address below.

    Expressions of interest are due March 18 to the address below by delivery, mail, fax or e-mail. For information, contact Investment Board Nepal, Chief Executive Officer, Office of the Investment Board, International Convention Center, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal; (977) 1-4475276; Fax: (977) 1-4475281; E-mail: info@investmentboard.gov.np; Internet: www.investmentboard.gov.np.a