A consortium of Patel Engineering, Turkish company Limak and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has emerged as the lowest bidder for the 1GW Pakal DUL hydroelectric project in Jammu & Kashmir, India.

The consortium competed with the three other participants: Samsung-Coastal-Alstom, Impregilo-Gammon JV, and Soma-Song Da-Power Machines, the bids of which were much higher.

The plant will feature four francis turbine generator units of 250MW each in the District of Doda and its construction is expected to take 66 months.

To be developed by Chenab Valley Power, a joint venture between NHPC (49%), J&K State Power Development Corporation (49%) and PTC India (2%), the plant will meet the annual energy generation for 90% dependable year is 3387.47 million units.

Earlier, Chenab Valley Power had solicited bids for the construction of the project, which features over 16Cm high concrete faced rock-fill dam; large size 20km of head race tunnel by TBM; underground power house; as well as design, manufacture and commissioning of the four units.

Meanwhile, Patel Engineering has also won an EPC contract and allied construction works for JKSPDC’s 37.5MW (3×12.5MW) Parnai hydro electric project.