Mexico to seek bids to build 750-MW La Yesca

President Vicente Fox announced Mexico will invite international bids in mid-March to build the US$850 million, 750-MW La Yesca hydroelectric project on the Santiago River.

La Yesca, one of the largest among dozens of hydroelectric projects in Mexico, is to be built on the border of western coastal states Nayarit and Jalisco. Construction is expected to start in September and be completed in 2011.

Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) said La Yesca would have a 210-meter-tall dam and a basin of 12 million cubic meters, 20 percent bigger than 750-MW El Cajon, which is close to complete 40 miles upstream in Nayarit State.

A tender for another big hydro project, 900-MW La Parota, on the Papagayo River in Guerrero State, has been held up by local opposition groups who say it would displace tens of thousands of peasants from ancestral lands. A local judge ruled one of 19 local assemblies granting the permission to build La Parota was conducted illegally. Dam supporters are appealing.

For information, contact Comision Federal de Electricidad, Eugenio Laris Alanis, Director de Proyectos de Inversion Financiada, Paseo de la Reforma 164, Piso 14, Colonia Juarez, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mejico, Distrito Federal 06600 Mexico; (52) 55-57050601; E-mail: eugenio.laris@cfe.gob.mx; Internet: www.cfe.gob.mx.

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