Patel Engineering Ltd in consortium with BHEL and Limak of Turkey has emerged as the lowest bidder for the construction of 1,000MW Pakal Dul hydropower project in Doda district in Jammu & Kashmir, The project estimated to cost Rs.9,000 crore would be one of the largest in the country.
Chenab Valley Power Projects Pvt. Ltd, a joint venture of NHPC and PTC India and J&K State Power Development Corporation Ltd has taken nearly three years to shortlist the bidders. The request for proposal for the project was floated in 2011.
The hydroelectric project would involve constructing a rock-fill dam over 160 metres high and 305 metres long, a 20km long tunnel and also underground power houses and would be operated by the JV company.
The scope of work for Patel Engineering would include design; construct a rock-fill dam, a 20km tunnel and also other civil works. Limak would help in the construction of the rock-fill dam and BHEL would design, manufacture and commission the four turbine generator units of 250MW each.
The consortium has quoted the lowest bid at Rs.8,904 crore. The final decision of awarding the contract project is expected in end March. The final bidder is expected to complete the project in five and half years.
Besides, the company has also bagged from Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Ltd for allied construction work of 37.5 MW (3×12.5 MW) Parnai Hydro power project, at an estimated cost of Rs.473.31 crore on EPC basis.
Way back in 2005, Patel Engineering Ltd bagged contract from North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd for construction of dams, shafts, tunnel and power house for the 600MW Kameng HEP in Arunachal Pradesh and in 2006, the company ventured in to hydro power generation after its winning of contract for the 520MW Parbati HEP (Stage III) in consortium with L&T from NTPC. It also bagged the head race tunnel package worth Rs.318 crore from NTPC for its 4x150MW Loharinag Pala HEP on river Bhagirathi in Uttarkashi District of Uttaranchal from NTPC.
The other recent orders won by the company are—Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad Company has awarded a contract worth Rs.66.64 crore, for construction of retaining the wall along the Sabarmati river bed in Gujarat; An irrigation project worth Rs.307 crore in Balrampur district of Uttar Pradesh, for Rapti Nahar Nirman Mandal-I, Irrigation Department, Balrampur; Rs.151.31-crore order for construction of a college administrative building for Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Science in Patna; Rs.111.15-crore order for construction of offices for the Collectorate and Zilla Parishad in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan.