The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has invited local and international firms to provide consultancy for preparation of feasibility studies, design preparation and supervision of a power project to turn Islamabad a load-shedding free city.
The CDA has already signed a memorandum of understanding with a Chinese firm to extend assistance in executing the project under which the authority would install two 100 megawatts coal power plants. The project had been envisaged in view of the deteriorating energy crisis when the residents of the federal capital had also been bearing the power outages for prolonged durations and once the project is executed, Islamabad will be free from power outages.
The consultants will be responsible for carrying out the feasibility studies, tender level design, tender documents, bid evaluation, award of contract and supervision of the construction activity. As per CDA’s conditions, the consultancy firms may also associate or form a joint venture with the firms to enhance their qualifications subject to the maximum three firms as per Pakistan Engineering Council regulations.
The authority will welcome applications from interested consultancy firms by August 15, 2012 and has assured to carry out pre-qualification as per the Pakistan Engineering Council and Public Procurement Regulatory Authority rules.
Talking to APP, CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal said that work on the project will be initiated once all formalities are fulfilled. He said the proposed power plant would generate surplus electricity which will be sold out to the government. He said that electricity to be produced by the plant would be Rs6 cheaper than the one being supplied by the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda).
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2012.