Rehab equipment, civil work sought for two 50-MW Nicaragua projects

Nicaragua utility Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad (Enel) seeks bids to provide equipment and civil work for rehabilitation of the 50-MW Centroamerica and 50-MW Santa Barbara hydroelectric projects on Nicaragua’s Viejo River. Bids in two solicitations are due June 25 and 28.

Enel invited expressions of interest in the work in December 2009. (HydroWorld 11/24/09) The European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) are cooperating to provide Nicaragua a financial package for the rehab work. (HydroWorld 4/2/09)

An Enel subsidiary, Generadora Hidroelectrica S.A. (Hidrogesa), operates the plants, which began operation in 1965 and 1971. The plants operate in a cascade, with Centroamerica using water from Apanas Dam that then is discharged to Virgen Dam where Santa Barbara reuses the water before it is released to the Viejo River.

In the first of two solicitations, Enel seeks bids by 10 a.m. June 28 for Lot 1, provision of electro-mechanical equipment for Santa Barbara, and Lot 2, electro-mechanical equipment for Centroamerica. Work includes final design, disassembly of existing equipment, assembly of new equipment, testing, and startup.

In the second solicitation, Enel seeks bids by 10 a.m. June 25 for Lot 1, provision of hydro-mechanical equipment for construction of a bypass system for Centroamerica, and Lot 2, civil works for construction of the bypass. Work includes assembly, testing, and startup.

Tender documents for each solicitation, in Spanish, may be obtained from the address below for US$10 each.

For information, contact Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad, Enel Central, Direccion de Adquisiciones, Attn.: Licenciada Miriam Saldana, Interseccion Pista Juan Pablo II y Avenida Bolivar, Managua, Nicaragua; (505) 2277-4169; Fax: (505) 2278-0444; E-mail:; Internet:

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