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Bids invited for Pakistan’s line component under CASA 100 Project [free access]

March 7, 2019

The Intergovernmental Council (IGC) Central Asia-South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA) 1000 has invited international competitive bids for the design, supply and installation of transmission lines under the Pakistan component of the CASA 1000 Project.


The transmission lines under the package are the ±500 kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) line from Nowshera to the Pakistan–Afghanistan border (approximately 110 km long) and an earth electrode line at Nowshera (approximately 22 km long) designed for nominal voltage of 66 kV.


The scope of the contract includes – route alignment, detailed and check survey, including profiling, tower spotting, optimisation of tower locations, soil resistivity measurement and geotechnical investigation, design of foundations and casting of foundation for tower footings; design, prototype testing, fabrication and supply of all types of transmission line towers and tower accessories; supply of conductor, insulators, optical ground wire (OPGW), hardware fittings and conductor accessories; erection of towers, tack welding of bolts and nuts including supply and application of zinc rich paint; fixing of insulator strings, stringing of conductors and OPGW along with all necessary line accessories; and testing and commissioning of the erected transmission lines.


The duration of the contract is 24 months from the date of award of the contract and is being funded by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).


The last date for the submission of bids is May 13, 2019.


The transmission project aims to facilitate the trade of 1,300 MW of electricity among four countries—Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Afghanistan and Pakistan. It aims to transport surplus energy from hydroelectric power projects in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the power-deficit countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Pakistan intends to import 1,000 MW of electricity, while Afghanistan will import 300 MW.