El Salvador seeks bids for 67-MW El Chaparral

El Salvador utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) seeks bids for turnkey construction of the 67-MW El Chaparral hydroelectric project. Bids are due March 13.

The project is to include a roller-compacted-concrete dam, reservoir, and powerhouse containing two generating units, just upstream of the Torola River’s confluence with the San Juan River. CEL previously estimated the project would cost US$92.5 million.

Last month, the Inter-American Development Bank included El Chaparral among Central American �mega-infrastructure� projects that should be advanced to stimulate social change throughout the region. (HNN 11/20/06)

Earlier this year, CEL President Nicolas Salume said El Chaparral is to be built with private sector financing because the country does not have the capacity to incur more debt.

CEL awarded a US$2.1 million consulting services contract in 2005 to Intertechne Consultores Associados of Brazil for preparation of construction tendering and an engineering-procurement-construction contract for El Chaparral, which is to be built in El Salvador’s San Miguel Department.

Bid documents may be obtained until December 28 from the address below for US$10,000 by certified check deposited in CEL’s Departamento de Tesoreria, 1a Planta de Oficina Central de CEL, 9a Calle Poniente No. 950, Centro de Gobierno, San Salvador, El Salvador; (503) 22116159; Fax: (503) 22116253. The document fee also may be paid by wire transfer to Citibank New York, Account No. 1093-5563, ABA 021000089, in name of Banco Central de Reserva de El Salvador, SWIFT CENRSVSS, beneficiary Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa, Account No. 600083. Confirmation of the wire transfer must be faxed to the address below.

Bids are due by 10 a.m. March 13. For information, contact Departamento de Licitaciones, Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa, 4a Planta de Oficina Central de CEL, 9a Calle Poniente No. 950, Centro de Gobierno, San Salvador, El Salvador; (503) 22116149; Fax: (503) 22116243; E-mail: licitaciones@cel.gob.sv; Internet: www.cel.gob.sv.

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