Bolivia seeks builders for Misicuni Dam; hydropower planned

Project developer Empresa Misicuni seeks bids from Italian and Bolivian firms to build the 120-meter-tall Misicuni Dam multipurpose project in Bolivia’s Cochabamba Valley. Bids are due September 20.

Bolivian President Evo Morales took part in ceremonies August 9 announcing the solicitation for Misicuni, an irrigation and water supply project awaited by the Cochambamba area for 50 years. Bolivia secured funding from the Italian government in May, allowing construction to be launched sooner. (HNN 6/6/07)

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.

The government’s Agencia Boliviana de Informacion said the hydroelectric component is being developed by national utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad to complement the dam construction.

A Brazil-Bolivia consortium, Engevix-Caem, previously was named to provide technical supervision of the construction of the dam and related works.

The Italian government is providing US$31 million for the project, while US$7.5 million is coming from multinational lender Corporacion Andina de Fomento, US$6.5 million from the Bolivian Treasury, and US$31 million from Cochambamba Prefecture.

Bidding documents may be obtained from the address below for US$1,200 paid to Empresa Misicuni at Account No. 301-5011555-3-00 of Banco del Credito. A site inspection is set September 3, with a bidders meeting September 5. Written questions may be submitted until September 4.

Bids are due by 3 p.m. September 20. 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: proyecto@misicuni.net; Internet: www.misicuni.net.

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