Peru region, U.N. agency to launch bidding for 300-MW Alto Piura

Officials of Peru’s Piura Department and a United Nations agency have agreed to cooperate to prepare tendering for the first-phase irrigation works of the proposed 300-MW Alto Piura hydroelectric project in Piura and Cajamarca departments.

Piura President Cesar Trelles Lara and Jorge Chediek, Peru representative for the U.N. Office for Project Services (UNOPS), signed a memorandum of understanding April 8, calling on UNOPS to provide recruitment of administrative services and other support to the tendering. A statement by Piura Department said the next step is negotiations to establish a work schedule and readjust terms.

The irrigation works are to entail a dam, channeling works, and distribution infrastructure to transfer water from the Huancabamba River in northwestern Peru for irrigation of between 30,000 and 50,000 hectares. (HNN 1/16/08) The project has been the subject of more than a half-dozen studies since 1996.

Trelles Lara planned to use the trip to Lima also to meet with officials of Peru’s private investment agency, Agencia de Promocion de la Inversion Privada (ProInversion), to begin promotion of the second phase of the project. The phase 2 hydropower component, to include two 150-MW power plants, would be built and operated by the private sector under a concession.

Piura Department said there was a working meeting the same day at the Banco de la Nacion to finalize lending to Piura for its share of the multipurpose project.

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