NTDC to investigate bidders for Dasu Power project

National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has been requested to investigate the bidders qualified for the installation of transmission line at Dasu hydropower project.

According to sources M/s Sinohydro has been declared as the lowest responsive bidder against both lots and World Bank has accorded No Objection Letter (NOL) to the company. But technically does not meet the eligibility requirements, financial, as well as, experience.

Construction of Dasu power evacuation transmission line at 765kV level comprises three lots. Lot -I and Lot-II are segments of the transmission line and Lot-III is grid station as well as transmission line at Mansehra. Pre-qualification for Lot -I and Lot-II has been done with the assistance of GOPA, international energy consulting firm.

The sources further stated that the World Bank representative had asked GOPA consultant to lump together experience and financials quoted by M/s Sinohydro against each of the lots. By doing so and ignoring variety of other deficiencies, GOPA consultant was made to change the status from non-responsive and declare M/s Sinohydro as lowest responsive bidder.

In light of the discrepancies seen in the previous projects of the company and the financial statements shared the Inquiry Committee, which was formed by the power division, has requested Chairman NTDC Board to investigate the matter thoroughly.