Two groups bid to equip Ecuador’s 162.6-MW Mazar

Hydropower generator Hidropaute S.A. has received bids from two groups seeking to supply hydro-mechanical and electrical equipment for the 162.6-MW Mazar hydroelectric project being built on Ecuador’s Paute River.

In response to a tender solicitation, Hidropaute received proposals from Impsa of Argentina and from a consortium of Alstom, Siemens, Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation, and Ecuador’s SantosCMI.

Hidropaute seeks manufacture and supply of two 81.3-MW Francis turbine-generators, valves, transformers, controls, and other equipment at an estimated cost of US$72 million.

The proposals are under evaluation, with a contract award expected within 60 days.

Hidropaute S.A. awarded a civil works contract in 2004 to construction companies Herdoiza Crespo of Ecuador and Impregilo of Italy. The government-owned Hidropaute operates the 1,075-MW Paute project downstream. Mazar would control water flows for Paute, which lacks a reservoir to store water during drought. (HNN 2/16/06)

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