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WAPDA evaluation for hydropower project okayed

The ministry of water and power and the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) have fully endorsed the evaluation of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and the consultants for electro-mechanical works of the 106MW Golen Gol hydropower project, a statement said on Monday. With this development, a hurdle in the way of timely completion of the project is over, as the project might have been delayed due to the controversy created by Andritz – one of the bidders for electrical and mechanical works of the project, it said. On the complaint lodged by Andritz against WAPDA for declaring Rainpower as the lowest bidder for the lot, the ministry of water and power probed the issue through fact finding inquiry and NESPAK, it said. In its letter dated June 7, the ministry said, “NESPAK considers that WAPDA’s committee report comprehensively supplements the consultants tender evaluation and together with the exhaustive deliberations exercised by the authority (WAPDA), the conclusion arrived at vis-à-vis Rainpower Consortium’s tender being the most advantageous for the project, is appropriate in the given conditions.” The ministry, in the letter, also directed WAPDA to take necessary action vis-à-vis award of the contract, the statement said, adding that any delay in completion of the project could inflict a loss of around Rs5 billion per annum in the shape of loss of power generation, escalation and claims by the contractor. The Golen Gol hydropower project is under-construction in Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, with installed capacity of 106 megawatts. It is partially financed by Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFD) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), it added.  

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