Colombia utility seeks bids to equip 2,400-MW Ituango

MEDELLIN, Colombia 12/1/11 (PennWell) — Colombia utility Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM) seeks bids to supply turbine-generators and other equipment for the 2,400-MW Ituango hydroelectric project in Colombia. Tender documents may be obtained until December 12, with bids dues March 15, 2012.

EPM previously called for bids by February 22, 2012, for major civil construction of Ituango on the Cauca River. EPM reported in September that contractors have started preliminary work to begin construction of the project, which is expected to cost US$3 billion. Construction is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2013.

EPM now seeks bids for two lots, the first for eight Francis turbines, inlet valves, governors, and associated equipment. The second lot is for eight synchronous generators, excitation systems, and associated equipment. Both lots include supervision of assembly, field testing, commissioning, and training of staff.

Ferrovial Agroman Chile S.A. and Sainc Ingenieros Constructores S.A. of Colombia received a 55 million euro (US$77.3 million) contract in July to build a powerhouse access tunnel and two river diversion tunnels. A consortium of Ingetec and Sedic of Colombia is to oversee construction under a US$66.3 million contract.

Solicitation documents may be obtained from the address below until 10 a.m. December 12. Participation requirements are on the EPM Internet site under

Bids are due by 10 a.m. March 15. For information, contact Empresas Publicas de Medellin, Subgerencia Desarrollo Proyectos Generac, Ed. Inteligente, Piso 9, Puesto 374, Medellin, Colombia; (57) 4-3802040; Internet:

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