Chile institutions win contracts to study 2,335-MW Aysen

Endesa Chile has awarded contracts to six academic institutions to conduct technical and scientific investigations of southern Chile’s Aysen Region where the utility plans to develop four or five hydroelectric projects totaling 2,355 MW.

The studies, to help define the environmental and social baseline of the project zone, will be conducted through by mid-2007.

Winners of the study tenders are:
o Universidad Mayor, “Geographic Information System”;
o Universidad Austral de Chile, “Terrestrial Vegetation”;
o Universidad de Concepcion, “Terrestrial Fauna”;
o Centro de Ecologia Aplicada, “Water Quality and Aquatic Fauna and Vegetation”;
o Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, “Population, Socio-Economic Aspects, Quality of Life, and Tourism” and “Land Ownership, Infrastructure, and Equipment”; and
o Universidad Bolivariana, “Cultural Heritage.”

Endesa — Empresa Nacional de Electricidad S.A. — is evaluating bids for two other studies and is seeking bids for a third. The utility awarded a contract in February to PriceWaterhouseCoopers to certify the tender and preparation of the environmental baseline studies.

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