El Salvador seen seeking bids for 67-MW El Chaparral

El Salvador utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) is expected to seek bids in September for construction of the 67-MW El Chaparral hydroelectric project.

In a report carried by Business News Americas, the newspaper Diario de Hoy quoted CEL’s production manager, Rodolfo Caceres, forecasting the start of tendering. The US$92.5 million project is expected to begin operation in 2010.

CEL President Nicolas Salume said several hydro industry companies have expressed interest in the project including Alstom of France, Ideal of Mexico, and Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation of Germany. El Chaparral is to be built with private sector financing because the country does not have the capacity to incur more debt, Salume said.

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 on the Torola River in El Salvador’s San Miguel Department.

A 1999 study of El Chaparral anticipated it would consist of a dam and reservoir just upstream of the Torola’s confluence with the San Juan River. It said the project would feature a roller-compacted-concrete gravity dam 72.5 meters tall with a crest 257 meters long.

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) 2116149; Fax: (503) 2116243; E-mail: licitaciones@cel.gob.sv; Internet: www.cel.gob.sv.

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