Argentina allots funds for 90-MW Portezuelo del Viento study

The government of Argentina has transferred 14 million pesos (US$4.45 million) to Mendoza Province to fund studies and preparatory work to develop the 90-MW Portezuelo del Viento hydroelectric project on Argentina’s Rio Grande.

Argentine Planning Minister Julio de Vido and Mendoza Gov. Julio Cobos signed the funding agreement November 21.

Officials received only one qualified bid to perform the work, from a consortium of Ingetec SA Ingenieros Consultores of Colombia and Inconas SA and Jaime Lande y Asociados SA of Argentina. (HNN 6/12/07) The group bid 14.08 million pesos (US$4.57 million). The only other offer received, from Iatasa Ingenieros Consultores and Intertechne Consultores Asociados, failed to qualify for the opening of economic bids.

The Mendoza government issued a statement saying it expected to award the contract within a few days. Mendoza Infrastructure Undersecretary Carlos Santilli previously said the officials were content with the bid even though it exceeded the 11.49 million pesos (US$3.73 million) budgeted for the work.

The province seeks a consultant for economic and technical feasibility studies, basic studies, project execution, and development of solicitation documents for construction of the estimated 1 billion peso (US$324 million) project.

Portezuelo del Viento is to include a 90-MW powerhouse at the dam toe to generate 650 gigawatt-hours per year. It would feature a 151-meter-tall, 510-meter-long concrete-faced rockfill dam and three 30-MW Francis turbine-generators.

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