Ecuador utility reopens study bids for 27.8-MW Soldados-Yanuncay-Minas

Ecuador utility Empresa Generadora del Austro S.A. (ElecAustro) has restarted bidding for a feasibility study and definitive design of the 27.8-MW Soldados-Yanuncay-Minas hydroelectric project on Ecuador’s Yanuncay River. Pre-registration is due January 9, followed by bids February 18, 2009.

ElecAustro canceled the original solicitation after disqualifying the sole bidder, ASTEC-ACSAM. (HNN 9/4/08)

ElecAustro seeks bids for a feasibility study that includes technical, environmental, economic, and social evaluations of the project proposed for Azuay Province. If the project is found feasible, the contractor would proceed with design of project works, including engineering specifications for civil work, electro-mechanical equipment, and communications and control systems.

Earlier this year, Ecuador’s energy and hydrocarbon investment fund, Fondo Ecuatoriano de Inversion en los Sectores Energetico e Hidrocarburifero (FEISEH), agreed to provide US$3.5 million in financing for Soldados-Yanuncay-Minas. (HNN 4/3/08) FEISEH funds come from sale of oil from fields the government confiscated from Occidental Petroleum in 2006.

Bid documents may be obtained from the utility Internet site, www.elecaustro.com.ec; the government tender website, www.compraspublicas.gov.ec; or by e-mail request to ElecAustro at rleonp@elecaustro.com.ec.

Prospective bidders must register to bid at the address below by 5 p.m. January 9, 2009. Bids, in Spanish, are due by 5 p.m. February 18, 2009, to the address below.

For information, contact Gerente General, ElecAustro, Secretaria General, Edificio Paseo del Puente, 3 Piso, Avda. 12 de Abril y Jose Peralta, Cuenca, Ecuador; E-mail: rleonp@elecaustro.com.ec; Internet: www.elecaustro.com.ec.

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