Costa Rica to seek supporting studies for 630-MW El Diquis

Government utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) plans to seek consultants to perform supporting studies for development of the 630-MW El Diquis hydroelectric project on Costa Rica’s General Superior River.

Utilizing a US$1.5 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank, ICE plans to recruit consultants to conduct technical, social, environmental, financial, and inter-institutional studies. (HNN 7/11/07) The new studies are to complement earlier feasibility studies of the project.

Formerly called the Boruca-Veraguas project, El Diquis has been studied by ICE for many years. Boruca-Veraguas was chosen as an alternative to a 709-MW Boruca-Cajon proposal because it is expected to have fewer social and environmental effects. ICE said the project is located in one of the less-developed parts of the nation and is to improve socio-economic conditions while complementing regional electricity system integration.

ICE said it plans to issue tender solicitations for consultants: to form an advisory panel of experts; for preliminary environmental study of transmission lines; an environmental impact study; and a determination of regional-local institutional potential for cooperation in the project area.

Firms wishing to be on a mailing list for solicitations are invited to contact the address below. For information, contact Inter-American Development Bank, Representation in Costa Rica, Attn: Juan Valle, Entre Calles 38 y 40, Paseo Colon, San Jose, Costa Rica; (506) 2333244; Fax: (506) 2570083; E-mail: juanva@iadb.org.

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