El Salvador seeks carbon consultant, dams’ compliance assessments

El Salvador’s hydropower utility seeks bids from carbon trading consultants to help register an 80-MW expansion of the 99.4-MW Cinco de Noviembre hydroelectric project under the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) program.

In the same solicitation, Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) wants the consultant to assess the compliance of Cinco de Noviembre and the 67-MW El Chaparral hydroelectric project with requirements of the World Commission on Dams (WCD).

Solicitation documents may be obtained until February 25. Bids are due April 1.

CEL invited eleven specific firms as well as any other interested companies to submit bids. Specific invitations went to Aenor Centroamerica S.A. de C.V., Icontec de Centroamerica S.A. de C.V., ERM Certification and Verification Services, Rina Panama, Lloyd’s Register Central and South America Ltd., Applus Costa Rica S.A., Tuv Sud Industrie Service GmbH, Tuv Nord Cert GmbH, Germanischer Lloyd Certification Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V., Swiss Association for Qualify and Management Systems, and Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS.

CEL said the consultant is to manage validation, registry, and CDM certification of the expansion of Cinco de Noviembre. CEL recruited consultants in 2008 to update studies of the then-proposed 120-MW expansion of the project on the Rio Lempa. Cinco de Noviembre was built in stages between 1951 and 1966, 90 kilometers northeast of San Salvador. Its underground powerhouse was upgraded in recent years to 99.4 MW from 81.4 MW.

Because the 40-MW expansion project exceeds a 20-MW threshold, CEL wants the consultant to evaluate the Cinco de Noviembre expansion’s compliance with the requirements of the World Commission on Dams.

The consultant also is to evaluate compliance with WCD requirements by El Chaparral, which already is registered under the CDM. CEL awarded a contract in 2009 to Eurostudios-Ingetec for supervision of El Chaparral’s construction on Torola River. El Chaparral includes a roller-compacted-concrete dam and powerhouse containing two Francis turbine-generators.

Bid documents, in Spanish, may be obtained until February 25 from the address below for US$35 plus 13 percent tax to CEL’s Departamento de Tesoreria, 9a Calle Poniente No. 950, Centro de Gobierno, San Salvador, El Salvador, or 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.

A bidding notice may be obtained from CEL’s Internet tender site, http://www.cel.gob.sv/index.php?option=com_jumi&fileid=6&Itemid=68, under http://www.cel.gob.sv/darchivolic.php?variable1=2638&variable2=1. The solicitation itself may be viewed on the Internet at http://www.mh.gob.sv/moddiv/servlet/consultaDocumentos?prefijo=4106-CEL-CPI 11/11&docu=BASES CPI 11-11-PDF.pdf.

Bids are due by 11 a.m. April 1. For information, contact Departamento de Licitaciones, Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa, 5a Planta de Oficina Central de CEL, 9a Calle Poniente No. 950, Centro de Gobierno, San Salvador, El Salvador; (503) 22116149; Fax: (503) 22116243; Internet: www.cel.gob.sv.

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