Costa Rica seeks consultants to map line for 630-MW El Diquis

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) seeks expressions of interest from consultants to map restrictions on a proposed transmission line to deliver power from the 630-MW El Diquis hydroelectric project being built on Costa Rica’s General Superior River. Responses are due March 28.

In addition to IADB assistance, government utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) currently is seeking proposals from U.S. firms to perform a geotechnical feasibility study and a financial feasibility study of El Diquis. (HNN 3/14/08) IADB previously recruited consultants to perform supporting studies of El Diquis, formerly called the Boruca-Veraguas project.

The current solicitation calls for development of a map on restrictions of passage, and optional corridors, for construction of a transmission line between the El Diquis substation and the Rosario substation. The work is to require nine months with a budget of US$200,000.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by 5 p.m. March 28. For information, contact Inter-American Development Bank, Representation in Costa Rica, Attn: Juan Valle, Entre Calles 38 y 40, Paseo Colon, Piso 12, San Jose, Costa Rica; (506) 2333244; Fax: (506) 2570083; E-mail: juanva@iadb.org.

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