Bolivia resumes bidding to build Misicuni Dam

Project developer Empresa Misicuni has resumed its request for bids from Italian and Bolivian firms to build the 120-meter-tall Misicuni Dam multipurpose project in Bolivia’s Cochabamba Valley. Bids now are due January 12, 2009.

Bolivia’s water minister announced in November the government would initiate construction of the 120-MW Misicuni multipurpose hydroelectric project in December. Empresa Misicuni had postponed bidding in September due to lack of Italian companies interested in the work. (HNN 12/3/08)

Bolivia secured US$31 million in funding from the Italian government in May 2007, on the condition that an Italian firm would hold 51 percent of the development consortium.

Misicuni includes a 120-meter-tall, 512-meter-long dam; a 150 million-cubic-meter reservoir; 444-meter diversion tunnel; and a water treatment plant. When complete, the project is to provide water to the Cochabamba metropolitan area and is to irrigate more than 15,000 acres, in addition to the potential to generate hydroelectric power estimated at 120 MW.

Bolivia national utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (Ende) and South Korea’s Korea Electric Power Corp. have signed an agreement to build a 120-MW hydro plant as part of Misicuni.

Bidding documents may be obtained from the address below or from Empresa Misicuni’s Internet site, Written inquiries may be submitted until December 26. A bidders meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. December 29.

Bids are due by 3 p.m. January 12. For information, contact Secretaria Elizabeth Montoya, Ing. Hugo Terceros, Empresa Misicuni, Av. Tadeo Haenke 1663, Apartado Postal 5639, Cochambama, Bolivia; (591) 4-4410840; Fax: (591) 4-4410843; E-mail:; Internet:

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