EPC contractor sought for Guyana’s 100-MW Amaila Falls

Developer Amaila Hydro Power Co. invites expressions of interest in an engineering-procurement-construction contract for the 100-MW Amaila Falls hydroelectric project on the Kuribrong and Amaila rivers in west central Guyana.

Amaila Hydro’s parent firm, Synergy Holdings Inc. of Guyana, signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the project in May with the Guyana government and Guyana Power &Light Co. (HNN 7/28/06) At that time, Synergy President Makeshwar Fip Motilall said the project initially would be developed to 100 MW. However, he said it has potential for expansion to 165 MW, 410 MW, and eventually to 1,060 MW.

Labeled Phase 1, the current project is to include a powerhouse containing four 25-MW turbine-generators, two roller-compacted-concrete dams, a 35-kilometer access road, 296 kilometers of double-circuit 230-kilovolt transmission lines, and associated substations. Amaila Hydro said it would consider, as an option, splitting the transmission component as a separate bid from the hydropower plant.

To be developed on a fast-track basis, Amaila Falls is to begin construction in August 2007 and be complete by December 2010.

The project is expected to cost US$300 million, with a third of that devoted to building transmission lines to carry power from Guyana’s remote inland to its population centers.

Engineering-procurement-construction contractors are invited to submit expressions of interest and qualifications to the address below.

For information, contact Synergy Holdings Inc., 390-2 Business Park Way, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 USA; (1) 561-296-4203; Fax: (1) 561-296-5471; E-mail: info@synergyholdings.net; Internet: www.synergyholdings.net.

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