El Salvador extends bid date to design 260-MW El Cimarron

El Salvador utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) has extended the deadline for bids for detailed design of the 260-MW El Cimarron hydroelectric project on the upper Lempa River, according to a CEL official.

Business News Americas reported a project official said the bid deadline was extended one month from the original February 16 due date. (HNN 12/16/08) More than a dozen groups have expressed interest in the project, officials said.

CEL said last year it received a feasibility study from consultant Coyne et Bellier of France. The report includes hidrological, geologic, topographic, and other studies supporting development of El Cimarron at the site in Chalatenango Department. (HNN 3/3/08) CEL awarded Iberica de Estudios e Ingeneria (Iberinsa) of Spain a contract for an environmental impact study.

El Cimarron is to include a roller-compacted-concrete dam, a powerhouse with four 65-MW turbine-generators and a turbine to generate additional power from environmental flows. The project was estimated to cost US$455 million and is to require four years to build. When complete, it is to generate 693 gigawatt-hours annually while stabilizing flows of the Lempa River for irrigation and generation at hydro plants downstream.

For information, contact Departamento de Licitaciones, Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa, 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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