UPDATE – Bid registration reopens for Nicaragua’s 17-MW Larreynaga

The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) has suspended bidding for 15 days and reopened registration to new bidders in a solicitation for construction of Nicaragua’s 17-MW Larreynaga hydroelectric project. Bids are due March 30.

On behalf of the Nicaragua government, CABEI originally reissued a solicitation in December for construction of Larreynaga on an engineering-procurement-construction basis. (HNN 12/31/08) With funding from the government of Spain, CABEI called for registration, by Spanish companies only, within 20 days of the December 29 publication of the solicitation, about January 18. Only registered companies will be able to submit bids.

On January 26, CABEI announced it would suspend the bidding process until February 10, allowing time for review and adjustment of the solicitation. It added that it would restart the registration process and provide additional time for consultations.

Larryenaga is to be built on the Cacao River in Jinotega Department, 161 kilometers from Managua. It is to generate 73 gigawatt-hours annually, increasing the nation’s power supply by 3 percent. CABEI first solicited bids to build the project in 2007, extending that bidding deadline into early 2008. (HNN 3/12/08) At that time, it also took bids for supervision, inspection, and quality control of the construction.

CABEI signed an agreement in 2006 providing Nicaragua with US$37 million to fund design, construction, and commissioning of Larreynaga, which is to be operated by national utility Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad (ENEL). In 2005, ENEL awarded a contract to German-Nicaraguan consortium Fitchner-Idisa to conduct a feasibility study of the project.

Work is to include engineering and design; civil works of the dam, tunnel, surge shaft, penstock, powerhouse with two turbine-generators, substation, and access roads; and installation, testing, and start-up of electro-mechanical equipment.

Prospective bidders are to register expressions of interest by e-mail with CABEI’s Unidad de Preinversion, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; E-mail: licitacionesupp@bcie.org. Bid documents may be obtained from the CABEI Internet site, www.bcie.org, under Unidad de Adquisiciones and Avisos de Licitacion.

Electronic copies of the Larreynaga feasibility study may be obtained at the office of Direccion General de Proyectos of ENEL.

Bids are due by 4:30 p.m. Honduras time, March 30 to Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economica, Unidad de Proyectos de Preinversion, Edificio Sede, Boulevard Suyapa, frente al Plantel de la E.N.E.E., Tegucigalpa, Honduras. For information, contact CABEI; E-mail: licitacionesupp@bcie.org.

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