WAPDA receives bids for Bhasha dam

WAPDA receives bids for Bhasha dam

ISLAMABAD: The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) said Wednesday it had received pre-qualifications bids from several firms for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam that appears a major breakthrough towards the construction of this mega dam.
The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), while gearing up its efforts for implementation of the projects, has received pre-qualification bids at Wapda House on Wednesday from as many as five joint ventures of foreign and local firms through international competitive bidding for construction of main dam and appurtenant structures of Diamer-Bhasha dam project, WAPDA said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
It announced to evaluate the bids in accordance with the procurement rules of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority and the Pakistan Engineering Council. The 272-meter Diamer-Bhasha dam will have a gross water storage capacity of 8.1 million acre feet and would generate more than 18 billion units of electricity on annual basis.
Several philanthropists and common people have donated tens of millions of rupees for the construction of this dam on the appeal of the Chief Justice of Pakistan and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.
Diamer-Bhasha dam is a multipurpose project aimed at water storage, flood mitigation and power generation. The project will be constructed across River Indus about 40-kilometer downstream of Chillas town.
The project will generate 4500 megawatts of electricity with annual energy generation of more than 18 billion units of low-cost and environment friendly electricity. With construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam project, the life of Tarbela dam will increase to another 35 years,” it added.- NNI