El Salvador seeks study of 243-MW El Cimarron

El Salvador utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) seeks bids by September 27 for geological studies of the 243-MW El Cimarron hydroelectric project, proposed for the upper Lempa River in Chalatenango Department. Bid documents must be obtained by August 23.

CEL seeks geological and geotechnical study of the rock foundation of the proposed project structures, as well as a determination of sources of acceptable construction materials. The purpose of the study is to complement the project feasibility study by establishing parameters for engineering of the project works, as well as an estimation of project costs.

With funding from the government of France, CEL previously commissioned Coyne et Bellier of France to conduct a feasibility study of the project. It awarded an environmental impact study contract to Iberica de Estudios e Ingeneria (Iberinsa) of Spain.

The project is expected to cost US$404.8 million and is to require four years to build. When complete, it is to generate 863 gigawatt-hours annually while stabilizing flows of the Lempa River for irrigation and generation at hydro plants downstream.

Bid documents may be obtained from the address below until August 23 for US$130 plus 13 percent tax payable by cash or certified check to CEL. They are available by electronic medium upon request.

For information, contact Departamento de Licitaciones, Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa, 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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