Design consultant sought for 80-MW Misicuni hydro in Bolivia

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) invites expressions of interest from consultants to revise designs of the 80-MW Misicuni multipurpose hydroelectric project in Bolivia’s Cochabamba Valley. Responses are due April 7.

IADB is lending Bolivia US$106 million to build the hydroelectric component of the project, including transmission lines. (HydroWorld 11/30/09) The water and irrigation project also 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. (HydroWorld 5/28/09) The first phase, already completed, involved construction of a tunnel, access roads, and other preliminary work.

Bolivia national utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) and South Korea’s Korea Electric Power Corp. previously signed an agreement to build the hydro plant, then estimated at 120 MW. Another tunnel is planned to divert water between the Viscachas and Putucuni rivers.

IADB seeks a technical consultant to revise the Misicuni project with special emphasis on integrating the hydropower plant. The revision is to focus on design and construction of civil works and hydraulic, electrical, and electro-mechanical equipment. The work is to require four months, beginning in May, with a budget of US$150,000.

Questions may be submitted by e-mail to Emilio Sawada or Gaston Astesiano at the addresses below until April 2.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in Spanish or English, in PDF electronic format, are due to Astesiano, with a copy to Karol Quintero, at the addresses below by 5 p.m. Washington, D.C., time April 7. A short-list of six firms is to be invited to submit technical and price proposals in late April.

For information, contact Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, USA; E-mail: Emilio Sawada, emilios@iadb.org; Gaston Astesiano, gastona@iadb.org; Karol Quintero, karolq@iadb.org.

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