Nicaragua seeks study of small hydro potential in two river basins

MANAGUA, Nicaragua 7/6/12 (PennWell) — Nicaragua’s electric utility invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform an initial assessment of small hydropower potential in two Nicaragua river basins. Responses are due July 24.

With funding from international lenders for a national program for sustainable electrification and renewable energy, Nicaragua recruited consultants in June to design and to prepare tender documents for the 2.5-MW Montecristo hydroelectric project. The government also recruited consultants in February to design and prepare tender documents for five small hydropower projects in Nicaragua’s Region Autonoma del Atlantico Norte.

Under the same program, Programa Nacional de Electrificacion Sostenible y Energia Renovable (PNESER), the Ministerio de Energia y Minas now seeks consultants to collect, integrate, and analyze information to identify the best sites for small hydropower development in the Rio Grande de Matagalpa Basin and the Coco River Superior Basin.

Information to be collected includes hydrometerological, geological, geotechnical, social, economic, and environmental data that has been generated in recent years for the basins under study. The consultant is to identify the best sites for hydroelectric development of at least 2.5 MW as well as any socio-economic constraints on development. Some expedited field reconnaissance might be required.

The work is to be performed over five months with a budget of US$1 million.

Expressions of interest, and qualifications, in Spanish are due to the address below on paper or by e-mail by 2 p.m. July 24. For information, contact Lic. Mayra Barrera, Unidad de Adquisiciones PNESER, Edificio Lucila, Rotonda Santo Domingo, 100 metros, al Este, Managua, Nicaragua; E-mail:

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Nicaragua seeks study, design of four small hydros

Nicaragua’s ministry of energy and mines invites expressions of interest to conduct feasibility studies and final design of four small hydroelectric projects in Nicaragua’s autonomous North Atlantic Region. Responses are due July 24.

The Ministerio de Energia y Minas said the four projects are Salto Labu, Elhormiguero, Salto Pataka, and Salto Putunka in the municipality of Siuna in the Region Autonoma Atlantico Norte. Part of a program of rural electrification for isolated areas, the four projects already have been the subject of pre-feasibility studies. (HydroWorld 12/13/06)

The ministry seeks a consultant to verify the technical, economic, social, and environmental feasibility of the projects and to determine optimal alternatives and the minimum costs for their development. The consultant also is to determine the projects’ greenhouse gas offsets compared to diesel generation.

The solicitation may be obtained from the ministry’s Internet site at

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due to the address below by July 24. For information, contact Ministerio de Energia y Minas, Proyecto de Electrificacion Rural en Zonas Aislada-PERZA, Donald Espinosa Romero, Secretario General, Del Porton del Hospital Bautista 1 c. Abajo, 125 vrs. al lago, Managua, Nicaragua; (505) 22809500; Fax: (505) 22510240; E-mail:, with copy to