El Salvador again extends bid date for 67-MW El Chaparral

El Salvador utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) again extended the bidding deadline for turnkey construction of the 67-MW El Chaparral hydroelectric project. Bids now are due May 30.

CEL extended the deadline for a second time, from April 30, at the request of groups that purchased bidding rules, a CEL official told Business News Americas. (HNN 3/5/07)

The utility announced that companies competing for the project include: Astaldi S.p.A. Sucursal El Salvador, Techint S.A. de C.V., Constructora Andrade Gutierrez S.A., Constructora Norberto Odebrecht S/A, SBI International Holdings S.A., FCC Construccion S.A., Iberdrola Ingenieria y Consultoria Mexico S.A. de C.V., Concreto Preesforzado de Centroamerica S.A., Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation, Tradeco Infraestructura S.A. de C.V., Obras con Huarte Lain S.A., and Carso Infraestructura y Construccion S.A. de C.V.

The project is to include a roller-compacted-concrete dam, reservoir, and powerhouse containing two generating units, just upstream of the Torola River’s confluence with the San Juan River. CEL previously estimated the project would cost US$92.5 million.

Last year, the Inter-American Development Bank included El Chaparral among Central American �mega-infrastructure� projects that should be advanced to stimulate social change throughout the region.

CEL awarded a US$2.1 million consulting services contract in 2005 to Intertechne Consultores Associados of Brazil for preparation of construction tendering and an engineering-procurement-construction contract for El Chaparral, which is to be built in El Salvador’s San Miguel Department.

For information, contact Departamento de Licitaciones, Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa, 4a Planta de Oficina Central de CEL, 9a Calle Poniente No. 950, Centro de Gobierno, San Salvador, El Salvador; (503) 22116149; Fax: (503) 22116243; E-mail: licitaciones@cel.gob.sv; Internet: www.cel.gob.sv.

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