UPDATE – Nicaragua extends response date for 36.5-MW El Barro

The deadline for expressions of interest has been extended in a solicitation to prepare Nicaragua’s 36.5-MW El Barro hydroelectric project for construction bidding. Expressions of interest now are due April 14, followed by bids May 15.

On behalf of the Nicaragua government, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) seeks bids to prepare El Barro for bidding. It originally called for expressions of interest by April 5, followed by bids May 15. (HNN 3/26/08)

With funding from the government of Spain, the solicitation is open only to Spanish companies.

El Barro would be built on the lower section of the Viejo River downstream from the 50-MW Santa Barbara project. (HNN 12/12/07)

CABEI seeks bidders to perform a feasibility study and final design and to draft solicitation documents for construction of the project. The contract is expected to cost US$508,816.

Studies are to include topographical surveys; geological and geotechnical investigations; a hydrologic study; technical, economic, and financial evaluation; optimization of design alternatives; evaluation of environmental effects and proposed sale of carbon emissions reduction certificates. Work also includes drafting final design and construction plans, proposing a public-private development association, and drafting of final solicitation documents.

Expressions of interest now are due April 14 by e-mail to the Unidad de Proyectos de Preinversion of the Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economica at licitacionesupp@bcie.org. A site visit is scheduled April 24, followed by a pre-bid meeting April 25 at the offices of national utility Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad.

Pre-qualified firms will be invited to submit bids by 4:30 p.m., Honduras time, May 15.

Bid documents may be obtained from the CABEI Internet site, www.bcie.org, under Unidad de Adquisiciones and Avisos de Licitacion. For information, contact Unidad de Proyectos de Preinversion, Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economica, Boulevard Suyapa, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; E-mail: licitacionesupp@bcie.org.

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