Consultant sought to supervise building Bolivia’s 80-MW Misicuni

Bolivia utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide technical supervision of construction of the 80-MW Misicuni multipurpose hydroelectric project. Responses are due December 15.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), which is lending US$101 million for the project, recruited consultants in April to revise designs of Misicuni, which is to be built in Bolivia’s Cochabamba Valley. (HydroWorld 3/19/10) The water and irrigation portion of the project is being financed by the government of Italy, the Prefecture of Cochabamba, Bolivia’s National Treasury, and the Andean Development Corp.

Consortium Consorcio Hidroelectrico Misicuni, led by Grandi Lavori Fincosit S.p.A. of Italy, was named in 2009 to build 120-meter-tall Misicuni Dam. ENDE and South Korea’s Korea Electric Power Corp. previously signed an agreement to build the hydro plant, then estimated at 120 MW.

ENDE currently seeks expressions of interest and qualifications from consultants to supervise construction of a tunnel extension, tunnel liner, safety valve, penstock, powerhouse with two 40-MW Pelton turbines, and a re-regulation reservoir. The utility also invites companies interested in bidding for the actual construction work to contact the address below.

Expressions of interest for the consultant work are due by mail or e-mail to the address below by 5 p.m. December 15. For information, contact Empresa Nacional de Electricidad – ENDE, Attn.: Ing. Jose Maria Romay Bortolini, cc: Ing. Rafael Alarcon Orihuela, Av. Ballivian No. 503, Esquina, Mexico, Edificio Colon, 8vo Piso, Oficina 801, Casilla No. 565, Cochambamba, Bolivia; (591) 44-520317; Fax: (591) 44-520318; E-mail:,; Internet:

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