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WAPDA invites EOIs for rehabilitation of Dargai in Pakistan

Expressions of interest are invited by 22 January for qualified contractors to carry out the rehabilitation of the 20 MW plant.

Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), with the financial support of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), invites expressions of interest by 30 January 2022 from qualified contractors to carry out the rehabilitation of the 20 MW Dargai (Malakand-II) hydropower station in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The contracted work aims to increase the installed capacity of the plant to 22 MW, modernize balance of plant, switchyard and peripheral equipment by refurbishing existing equipment or replacing it entirely, and rectify technical issues in the power channel, sand trap and forebay by updating the civil structures. As a result of wear and tear, the capacity of the low-head, run-of-river station located at Dargai, Malakand District, on the Swat River Canal has been reduced. The plant, which is equipped with four 5 MW units, and has a design annual output of 162 GWh, was commissioned in December 1952. The AFD has provided a loan and grant totalling €52 million to WAPDA for the rehabilitation of the Dargai and 1 MW Chitral run-of-river plant on the Luthko river, near the city of Chitral, also in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The procurement notice can be viewed on and A complete set of initial selection documents (both hard and soft copies in English) is available upon written request against payment of a non-refundable fee of PKR 1000 per set in a form of bank draft/pay order/cash deposit receipt in favour of “Manager Finance (Hydel), WAPDA” Lahore, A/c No. 0813-0013035903 HBL Opposite High Court Branch, Lahore Pakistan. To obtain a hard copy, a written application should be addressed to the GM (Hydel) Development, 104 Wapda House, Lahore. For delivery of the electronic copy of the document a written request should be sent to the GM (Hydel) Development of WAPDA at

Applications along with all relevant information (in English Language only) must be submitted in sealed envelopes to the address below by 11.00 hours on 30 January 2022 and be clearly marked “Application Initial Selection for Rehabilitation of Dargai Hydropower Station, IPC # C-E & M / HS – 61/ IFIS – 001”.

For further information, contact: Muhammad Arfan, General Manager (Hydel) Development, Water and Power Development Authority, 104 WAPDA House, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan; Tel: +92 42 9920 2189; Fax: +92 42 3636 9004; Email: