El Salvador utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) has restarted bidding for turnkey construction of the 67-MW El Chaparral hydroelectric project. Bids now are due April 30.
CEL previously canceled the bidding process after two companies submitted bids by a May 30, 2007, deadline, but failed to meet bidding rule requirements. (HNN 11/29/07) Twelve companies had acquired bidding documents in early 2007.
Bidding rules now will be on sale January 24-31 for US$10,000, Business News Americas reported.
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 ï¿½mega-infrastructureï¿½ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Internet: www.cel.gob.sv.