Guatemala seeks funds to study 40-MW Paz River site

Guatemala utility Instituto Nacional de Electrificacion (INDE) has asked the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) to help finance studies for a 40-MW hydro project on the Paz River.

An INDE official told Business News Americas that CABEI would issue a request for bids to perform feasibility studies, once the funding is approved. The estimated US$200 million project is expected to take three years to build.

INDE said the project is being developed with El Salvador utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL).

The official said INDE is expected to request bids in February for environmental and social studies of the 181-MW Xalala and 135-MW Serchil hydroelectric projects on Guatemala’s Chixoy River. (HNN 8/28/06) However, INDE’s general manager and board still must approve the tender solicitation.

In 2005, the utility awarded a contract to Ingetec of Colombia to update pre-feasibility and feasibility studies for Xalala, then listed as 330 MW, in Baja Verapaz Department; Serchil in Quiche Department; and the 440-MW Chulac hydro project on the Cahbon River in Alta Verapaz Department.

For information, contact Instituto Nacional de Electrificacion, 7th Ave. 2-29, Zone 9, Guatemala City, Guatemala; (502) 2-4221800; Fax: (502) 2-4222040; Internet: www.inde.gob.gt/inde.htm.

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