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    Tarbela 5th extension project: All set to award contract in violations of rules




    LAHORE:

    The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) is all set to award contract for the fifth extension of Tarbela Dam’s hydropower project against Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and without approval of PC 1, The Express Tribune has learnt.

    The project for tunnel-5 was not approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC), a senior functionary of Wapda confirmed.

    According to a briefing paper for Tarbela 5th Extension Project available with The Express Tribune the initial estimate of Rs55.6 billion is based on the evaluations conducted for the Tarbela 4th extension project.



    In this regard official correspondence has been started bypassing the prescribed rules and regulations.

    Wapda Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah through a letter has contacted an Austrian company Andritz Hydro GmbH’s representative Thilo Pohlmann, areas sales manager of Large Hydro.

    The letter, available with The Express Tribune, states: “reference to your meeting with Prime Minister of Pakistan and follow up meeting with secretary water and power on the subject issue. You are well aware that presently Wapda with the financing support of World Bank is constructing civil works and allied electrical and mechanical (E&M) works of Tunnel 4 of Tarbela for the installed capacity of 1.410 Mega Watt (MW) project. Since it is planned by Wapda that similar potential could be explored from Tunnel 5 of Tarbela Dam, therefore, the consultants MM Pakistan are asked in addition to their consultancy assignments for Tarbela 4th Extension to study the possibilities of installation the similar infrastructure on Tunnel 5.

    “Since MM Pakistan Consultants may take some time and you intend to save time, you are, therefore, advised to please have a study at your own at the earliest to formalise this component of the project to be constructed at the earliest accordingly.”

    According to prescribed rules and regulations as well as various rulings of the superior courts contract for a public sector project could not be awarded without open bidding process.

    WAPDA’s Version

    Project Director Tarbela extension project Muhammad Yousaf Khattak, while talking to The Express Tribune admitted that feasibility study report of the project has not been prepared and approved by the authorities concerned as yet. On a question he said that the PC-1 of this project has also not been approved. He added that neither CDWP nor ECNEC approved this project.

    When The Express Tribune contacted the director public relations of Wapda for official version on the story, he did not offer any comment. A visit to the Wapda House proved futile as was the questionnaire sent to the PR chief.

    “He did not offer any comment,” director public relations said on behalf of Wapda chairman in reply to the questions sent by The Express Tribune.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/639919/t...ions-of-rules/

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    Tarbela hydel generation to touch 4,888 MW with 4th extension

    The hydel generation capacity of Tarbela dam will further enhance to 4,888 MW with completion of 1410 MW 4th extension hydropower project.

    Officials sources told APP Friday that Tarbela would be the largest water reservoir in term of hydel generation after completion of the extension project while Mangla has become the largest water storage reservoir.

    They said that Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) had already awarded civil works contract worth Rs 26.053 billion with Chinese firm Sinohydro for civil works of the 1410MW Tarbela 4th extension hydropower project.

    The sources said the World Bank had also agreed to provide $ 840 million loan for the project. They said the project would take three and half years for commissioning at estimated cost of $928 million. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already inaugurated the 4th extension project.

    The project will increase the hydropower generation capacity of Tarbela Hydel Power Station to 4,888 MW after installation of three units of 1410 MW. On completion, the project will add about 3.84 billion units low-cost electricity to the national grid per annum. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at about Rs.30.7 billion. The sources said that the project would pay back its cost in just three years.

    They said the project would also be instrumental in saving foreign exchange on import of almost one million ton of furnace oil annually, required for the equivalent generation of electricity from thermal sources. The project will also provide a cushion to undertake rehabilitation and up-gradation of the existing Tarbela Power House during the lean period.

    The Tarbela 4th extension hydropower project is a part of least-cost power generation strategy of the federal government being implemented by WAPDA on priority. This strategy not only aims at adding a sizeable quantum of electricity to the national grid but also improving the share of low-cost hydel electricity in the overall system for reducing the power tariff.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014...4th-extension/

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