Bolivia seeks additional underground construction at 80-MW Misicuni

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia 4/20/12 (PennWell) — Bolivia utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) seeks bids for a second underground construction contract at the 80-MW Misicuni multi-purpose hydroelectric project on Bolivia’s Misicuni River. Bids are due May 21.

ENDE called for bids April 21 for other underground construction work at Misicuni. It also took bids in March for hydro plant construction supervision and for a penstock and steel surge shaft liner for the project.

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 penstock platform, construction of additional supports and anchors to support the penstock over 3,500 meters; a powerhouse with space for three turbine-generators allowing eventual expansion to 120 MW; substation civil works; reregulating dam; spillway, bottom outlet, bypass, intake, valve housings; overhead cranes and hoists; and power supply line and fiber-optic cable.

The work is to require 25 months at an estimated cost of US$35 million.

Tender documents, in Spanish, may be obtained from the address below for proof of deposit of US$500 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. May 21 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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