Bolivia announces five bidders to construct 280-MW Ivirizu hydropower plant

Bolivian power generator Electrica Valle Hermosa has received five bids to supervise construction of its 280-MW Ivirizu hydropower plant, according to state news service Agencia Boliviana de Informacion.

Companies vying to construct the project include:

  • Asociacion Accidental PH Ivirizu;
  • Asociacion Ivirizu;
  • Comision Federal de Eectricidad;
  • Studio Ing. G. Pietrangeli; and
  • Tractebel Engineering.

Electrica Valle Hermosa said the review process will take about two weeks to complete, with groundbreaking expected in May and construction finishing in 2021. reported in June 2016 that the Bolivian government was working to prioritize construction of the $520 million Iviziru complex, which will be located in Carrasco province.

The project includes two dams, known as Sehuencas and Juntas. Bids to perform advance work for their construction were solicited in December.

Electrica Valle Hermosa’s parent company, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad S.A. (Ende) previously said it had hoped to have the plant on line in 2020. The government wants to make Bolivia an exporter of surplus energy, with about 70% of the country’s power supply to come from hydroelectric sources by 2025.

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