El Salvador seeks bids to expand 99.4-MW Cinco de Noviembre

El Salvador’s hydropower utility seeks bids to construct an 80-MW expansion of the 99.4-MW Cinco de Noviembre hydroelectric project on El Salvador’s Rio Lempa. A site visit is planned August 14, with bids due October 17.

Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) recruited consultants in March to provide technical assistance and supervision of the project’s expansion to 179.4 MW. CEL also took bids in February for slope stability analysis and reinforcement proposals for Cinco de Noviembre and two other projects on the Rio Lempa.

Cinco de Noviembre was built in stages between 1951 and 1966, 90 kilometers northeast of San Salvador. Its underground powerhouse was upgraded in recent years to 99.4 MW from 81.4 MW. The expansion would add a second powerhouse with two 40-MW turbine-generators that would enable Cinco de Noviembre to utilize surplus water from rainy seasons that currently is discharged through the project spillway.

Bid documents, in Spanish, may be obtained from the address below or from the Internet at http://www.comprasal.gob.sv/moddiv/servlet/consultaDocumentos?prefijo=4106-CEL-LP 19/12&docu=BASES LP 1912.pdf. Those obtaining the documents from the Internet are to notify CEL by e-mail at the address below.

A site visit is scheduled August 14. Those planning to attend must contact CEL by five days before the visit at (503) 2211-6310.
Questions are to be submitted by September 24 to the address below or by e-mail to licitaciones@cel.gob.sv.

Bids are due between 9 and 11 a.m. October 17. For information, contact Departamento de Licitaciones de la UACI, Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa, 5a Planta, Oficina Central de CEL, 9a Calle Poniente No. 950, Centro de Gobierno, San Salvador, El Salvador; (503) 2211-6149; Fax: (503) 2211-6243; E-mail: licitaciones@cel.gob.sv; Internet: www.cel.gob.sv.

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