Bolivia seeks bids to equip 80-MW Misicuni

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia 12/30/11 (PennWell) — Bolivia utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) seeks bids to equip the 80-MW Misicuni multi-purpose hydroelectric project on Bolivia’s Misicuni River. Bids are due February 1, 2012.

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 to supply two 40-MW Pelton turbines, two 47-megavolt-ampere generators, a butterfly valve, three ball valves, governors, controls and ancillary equipment, protection, and a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. The work is to require 30 months.

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 5 p.m. February 1 to the address below. For information, contact Empresa Nacional de Electricidad – ENDE, Attn.: Ing. Nelson Caballero Vargas, Av. Ballivian No. 503, Edificio Colon, 8vo Piso, Oficina 804, Cochabamba, Bolivia; (591) 44-520317; Fax: (591) 44-520318; E-mail: misicuni@ende.bo; Internet: www.ende.bo, www.misicuni.net.

ENDE rejects civil works bids for hydro plant

ENDE rejected bids in November for civil works of the hydropower plant, including a tunnel extension, tunnel liner, surge shaft, safety valve, penstock, powerhouse, and re-regulation reservoir.

Bids from Andritz Hydro GmbH; SinoHydro Corp. Ltd.; China Gezhouba Group Co. Ltd.; Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles S.A. and Isolux Ingenieria S.A.; and Constructora OAS Ltda., Engevix Engenharia S.A., and Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte Ltda., were rejected as too expensive and higher than the available budget.

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