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WAPDA seeks consultant services for Chiniot dam on the Chenab river

Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) invites proposals by 21 October from qualified consultants to provide detailed engineering design, preparation of bidding documents and PC-I for the Chiniot Dam Project on the Chenab river.

The proposed 17 m-high zoned earthfill embankment dam, which is to be located in Tehsil and District Chiniot, Faisalabad Division, Punjab, is designed to store surplus flows from the Chenab River to meet downstream irrigation water requirements as well as generate electricity for the national grid. The reservoir will be bound by left and right sides dykes/embankments to create a gross storage capacity of 1110 million m3 (0.9 MAF) and a live storage capacity of 1048 million m3. The proposed barrage will cater for the peak discharge of about 34 000 m3/s at a level of 190 masl. Twenty-two radial type gates are proposed in the dam. A surface powerhouse is planned as part of the development comprising six 13.34 MW units with a combined installed capacity of 80 MW to generate average annual output of 275 GWh at a design discharge of 720 m3/s. All six units would comprise horizontal shaft bulb type turbines.

The objective of the consultancy services, which are to be financed by the Government of Pakistan, is to review the previous feasibility study, review and prepare the project planning report, detailed engineering design, preparation of bidding drawings/documents and PC-I Proforma of the project.

The assignment is expected to be carried out in three phases over 18 months starting in March 2022: (i) an inception report to be completed three months after the start of the contract, (ii) a project planning report after 12 months and detailed engineering design report, preparation of bidding drawings /documents and PC-I by the 18th month of the assignment. Quality and cost based selection method (QCBS-80:20) will be used following single stage, two envelope bidding procedure. Request for Proposals (RFP) documents, (containing all details, description of assignment and evaluation criteria) are available at the address below. The RFP document is available upon payment of a non-refundable fee of PRK 1000 and can also be downloaded free of cost from either or Clarifications may be requested no later than 14 days prior to the submission deadline by contacting Chief Engineer-I (Hydro) Planning, WAPDA, Tel.: +92 42 9920 3489/1259; Fax: +92 42 99202793; E-mail:

For further information, contact: Muhammad Abid Sheikh, General Manager Hydro Planning, WAPDA, Sunny View Estate, Kashmir Road, Lahore, Punjab 54000; Tel.: +92 42 99 202 717; Fax +92 42 99 202 722; Email:;