UPDATE – Date extended again for Guatemala-El Salvador 138-MW Paz River

The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) again extended the deadline for bids for pre-feasibility studies of two hydroelectric projects totaling 138 MW on the Paz River bordering Guatemala and El Salvador. Bids now are due January 12, 2009.

The Honduras-based CABEI previously called for bids by December 12 and November 28 from Spanish companies or consortia to perform pre-feasibility studies of the 72-MW El Jobo and 66-MW Piedra de Toro hydroelectric projects. (HNN 11/21/08) The projects are to be developed on behalf of Guatemala’s Instituto Nacional de Electrificacion (INDE) and El Salvador’s Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL). (HNN 10/2/08)

CABEI said the studies are to include technical, economic, financial, and environmental performance of the projects, taking into account new conditions of the electricity markets in Guatemala and El Salvador. Study objectives include hydroelectric potential, improved development of water resources, the best options for project development, preliminary design, and preparation of terms of reference for implementing a feasibility study.

Companies were to submit expressions of interest to the Unidad de Preinversion del Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economica in Tegucigalpa by e-mail to licitacionesupp@bcie.org.

Tender documents, in Spanish, may be obtained from the CABEI Internet site, www.bcie.org, under Unidad de Adquisiciones, Avisos de Licitacion y Concurso, and Regional.

Three-part bids — pre-qualification, technical offer, and economic offer — in Spanish, are due by 4:30 p.m. January 12 to the address below.

For information, contact Unidad de Proyectos de Preinversion, Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economica, Boulevard Suyapa, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, CA; E-mail: licitaciones@bcie.org; Internet: www.bcie.org.

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