Ecuador seeks construction supervision of 275-MW Minas San Francisco

Ecuador utility Corporacion Electrica del Ecuador (Celec) seeks bids for consulting services to supervise engineering, construction, equipment installation, and commissioning of the 275.61-MW Minas San Francisco hydroelectric project on Ecuador’s San Francisco and Jubones rivers. Bids are due August 9.

China Development Bank provided US$680 million to the Ecuador government in 2011 to finance Minas San Francisco and three other hydroelectric projects, 50-MW Quijos, 21 MW Mazar-Dudas, and 15 MW Villonaco. Celec awarded China Harbin Electric International Co. Ltd. a US$474 million contract in December to build and equip Minas San Francisco.

Ecuador’s environmental ministry granted an environmental license in March to Minas San Francisco, which is expected to displace 700,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year. The project includes a 78-meter-tall dam, three 91.87-MW Pelton turbines and a 45-kilometer transmission line.

Celec seeks bids from consultants to supervise: civil construction; engineering detail; manufacture, supply, installation, and testing of equipment; and commissioning of the project. The budget for the contract is US$29 million.

Tender documents may be obtained from Ecuador’s procurement Internet site, www.compraspublicas.gov.ec, at https://www.compraspublicas.gob.ec/ProcesoContratacion/compras/PC/bajarArchivo.cpe?Archivo=4W6PAjbc72grhaZqQMmBkzTbTuHCvBopts6JjhIV2fE,.

Bids are due by 2 p.m. August 9 to both www.compraspublicas.gov.ec and in hard copy to the address below.

For information, contact Celec EP – ENERJUBONES, Secretaria de la Comision Tecnica, Panamericana Norte, km 7 1/2, Sector Capulispamba, Cuenca, Ecuador; (593) 2-521546; E-mail: celec@celec.com.ec; Internet: www.celec.com.ec.

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