Bolivia reissues call for underground construction of 80-MW Misicuni

Bolivia utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) has reissued a solicitation for underground construction work at the 80-MW Misicuni multi-purpose hydroelectric project on Bolivia’s Misicuni River. Bids are due September 20.

ENDE issued its original call for underground construction work bids by April 21. It took bids in June for surface construction at the project. In July it awarded contracts to supply a penstock and steel surge shaft liner, and to supervise construction.

The multi-purpose project, already under way, includes Misicuni Dam and a diversion tunnel, which is to deliver water from the Misicuni River through mountains to the Cochabamba Valley for Cochabamba municipal water supply and irrigation of 15,000 acres.

In the current solicitation, ENDE seeks bids for construction of underground works of the power project including: a tunnel extension of 706 meters; construction of supports and anchors to support the penstock over 1,428 meters; a transition pressure pipe of 3 meters; a 150-meter surge shaft; civil works of the valve chamber; and construction of an exit portal.

The reissued solicitation reduces the amount of time for the work to 18 months from 19. It also increases the budget for the work to US$7.4 million from US$6.9 million.

Tender documents, in Spanish, may be obtained from the address below for proof of deposit of US$100 via Banco Union S.A., beneficiary Empresa Nacional de Electricidad, ENDE, Account No. 10000003903776, SWIFT Code BAUNBO22, Banco Union S.A., Calle Sucre No. E-397, Cochabamba, Bolivia. Intermediary Banks: Standard Chartered Bank, New York, USA, Account No. 3544-034882-001, SWIFT Code SCBLUS33; Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt, Germany, Account No. 400-871-9718-00, SWIFT Code COBADEFF. Documents will be sent by regular mail for domestic delivery, airmail for foreign delivery, or by Internet with an access code for download.

Bids are due by 3 p.m. September 20 to the address below. For information, contact Empresa Nacional de Electricidad – ENDE, Attn.: Ing. Hugo Villarroel Senzano, Av. Ballivian No. 503, Edificio Colon, Piso 8, Oficina 804, Cochabamba, Bolivia; (591) 44-520317; Fax: (591) 44-520318; E-mail: misicuni@ende.bo; Internet: www.ende.bo, www.misicuni.net.

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