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India invites tenders for new project

India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has announced the imple- mentation of the 3x110MW Kishanganga hydro project in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

NHPC is inviting tenders for construction of the dam, tunnel and power house, which are expected to take seven years to complete. The project envisages the construction of: •A 101m high concrete gravity dam.

•A 620m long and 6.5m diameter diversion tunnel.

•A 21.7km long and 6.5m diameter water conductor system along with a suitable intake structure.

•A 15m diameter surge shaft.

•A 3.5m diameter steel-lined pressure shaft.

• 2m diameter penstocks.

•An underground power house with 3x110MW units.

•A 977m long tailrace system comprising a 4.1m diameter D-shaped tunnel.

The work will involve design and engineering, supply of construction materials, civil construction, fabrication, transportation, installation and erection of equipment, testing and commissioning. Bidding ends on 24 November 2000.