El Salvador’s CEL names consortium for expansions to 100-MW Cinco de Noviembre hydropower project

The Comision Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) has awarded for an expansion of its Cinco de Noviembre hydropower project from 100 MW to 180 MW, HydroWorld.com has learned.

The winning consortium includes Construtora Queriroz Galvao and Andritz Hydro Inepar do Brasil, who will be responsible for constructing a second powerhouse and installing two 40 MW hydro turbine units.

“Expanding the capacity of the Cinco de Noviembre plant fits perfectly into the logic of our cooporation with the country, since the work will increase the energy supply in an ecologically responsible way to benefit the Salvadorans,” CEL President Leopoldo Samour said.

Financing for the expansion project comes from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration and German development bank Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) — each of which will fund US$57.5 million. The European Union’s Latin America Investment facility will also provide an additional $7 million.

The Cinco de Noviembre complex is located on the Lempa River northeast of San Salvador. The plant was constructed in 1954 with an original capacity of 30 MW, but CEL began upgrading the plant to its current capacity in 2007.

HydroWorld.com reported that CEL sought bids for the current expansion in July 2012.

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