Colombia to seek feasibility study bids for Salento hydro

Colombia plans to seek bids for feasibility studies of a multi-purpose dam, including hydropower, at Salento in Colombia’s Quindio Department.

Vice Minister of Water and Sanitation Leyla Rojas Molano said a solicitation will be issued October 15 for an advanced feasibility and financial viability study of the project, planned for a site at the mouth of the Navarco and Boqueron rivers at Salento.

The study, estimated to cost 2 billion pesos (US$910,900), is being funded with 1 billion pesos (US$455,500) from the environment and regional development ministry, Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial, and 500 million pesos (US$227,720) each from development agency Corporacion Andina de Fomento and the government of Quindio.

Rojas Molano told a government meeting in Calarca September 8 that the 60-meter-tall dam will require an investment of 70 billion pesos (US$31.8 million). When complete, project flows of 4.5 cms will be divided 2.7 cms for a water aqueduct and 1.8 cms for power generation. The project also will serve as a tourist attraction, she said.

Once the 10-month study is complete, a solicitation is expected in January 2009 for design and construction of the dam. The project is expected to be complete in June 2012.

For information, contact Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial, Calle 37 No. 8-40, Bogota, Colombia; E-mail: correspondencia@minambiente.gov.co; Internet: www.minambiente.gov.co.

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