Bolivia seeks supervision of construction, equipment for 120-MW Misicuni hydro project

Bolivia utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) invites expressions of interest from firms to provide supervision of civil construction and equipment installation to complete the 120-MW Misicuni hydroelectric project. Responses are due May 25.

Work on the hydroelectric project is being carried out separately from construction of the multi-purpose Misicuni Dam. Last year, Empresa Misicuni, Bolivia’s special purpose company to develop the Misicuni multi-purpose project, took bids from firms to resume construction of the dam, spillway and related underground construction works following 2013 rescission of a contract with Italian-led consortium Consorcio Hidroelectrico Misicuni.

The current solicitation, which boosts the projected hydro plant to 120 MW from 80 MW, seeks coordination, supervision and monitoring of four ongoing contracts for the hydro project:

  • Contract 8890, construction of civil works including powerhouse, compensation reservoir, and substation civil works, currently 33.67 percent complete;
  • Contract 10937, design, manufacture, installation, testing and commissioning of main equipment including three 40-MW turbine-generators, ball and butterfly valves, governors and controls, currently 10 percent complete;
  • Contract 8775, design, manufacture, assembly and testing of penstock, currently 60 percent complete in manufacturing and 5 percent in assembly;
  • Contract 9035, underground works construction including tunnel, surge tank and pressure pipe, currently 63.77 percent complete.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by 5 p.m. May 25 by mail or e-mail to the address below. For information, contact Ing. Nereida Gabriela Mercado Garcia, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad — ENDE Corporacion, Calle Colombia No. O-655, Casilla No. 565, Cochabamba, Bolivia; (591) 4-4520317; Fax: (591) 4-4520318; E-mail: misicuni@ende.bo, gabriela.mercado@ende.bo, horacio.branez@ende.bo.

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