Argentina’s Mendoza province has put out to tender a contract to conduct studies the 140-MW El Baqueano hydro plant project on the Diamante River in San Rafael department.
The studies tender was launched by provincial state-owned electricity and hydrocarbons company Emesa. The contract encompasses geological, geotechnical and geophysical studies, among other areas, according to BNamericas.
The estimated price tag for this facility is US$500 million, according to local press reports from the end of 2020.
Bidding rules can be purchased from June 28 to July 8 and bid envelopes are due to be submitted and opened on Aug. 23, according to information in Mendoza’s official gazette.
Initial studies for this project were conducted in the 1970s and 1980s, according to information from the San Rafael chamber of commerce. The results of further studies were published in 2017, when a plant of 150 MW was envisioned.
In 2016, Hydro Review reported that El Baqueano, then with a planned capacity of 190 MW, was included in an agreement between Emesa and Ebisa to develop a long-term plan for renewable energy development in Mendoza province that includes evaluating the province’s portfolio of hydropower projects.