El Salvador cancels, restarts 67-MW El Chaparral tendering

El Salvador utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) has canceled and immediately restarted the bidding process for turnkey construction of the 67-MW El Chaparral hydroelectric project.

CEL said two companies submitted bids by the May 30 deadline, but both failed to meet bidding rule requirements. (HNN 5/3/07)

�Because the project is of extreme urgency for the country, we will immediately initiate a second process of solicitation, just as is established in the Law of Acquisitions and Contracting of Public Administration for these cases,� CEL President Nicolas Salume said.

Although no specific dates were announced, CEL officials estimated the period of the new solicitation would be six months.

CEL said bids were submitted by Astaldi S.p.A. of Italy and by Consorcio Constructor Chaparral formed by Constructora Andrade Gutierrez S.A. and Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation. Twelve companies had acquired bidding documents in early 2007.

El Chaparral 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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