Guyana reopens request for studies of small hydro sites

The government of Guyana has reopened a call for expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies of small hydropower sites as part of an electrification program for unserved areas of the South American nation. Responses are due August 28.

The government said it plans studies of the general feasibility of a hydropower site estimated at 300 kW on the Chiung River in Region 8 and an estimated 4-MW Eclipse Falls site in Region 1. A similar solicitation was issued in October 2006 and subsequently withdrawn. (HNN 11/1/06)

The studies, to begin in November, are to consider principal technical parameters, costs, potential markets for electricity, economic merit, and environmental and social effects. Four specialists will be required: a geologist or geotechnical engineer with hydropower or similar experience, a hydropower engineer, a financial analyst with experience in energy markets, and an environmental specialist.

Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo last year noted Guyana has 7,000 MW of hydropower potential, with 67 possible hydro sites identified. (HNN 7/28/06)

Terms of reference for the proposed studies may be obtained from the government’s electricity sector Internet site,

Expressions of interest, and qualifications, are due by 9 a.m. August 28 to the addresses below.

For information, contact:
o Chairman, National Procurement and Tender Administration Board, Ministry of Finance, Attn.: Hydropower Feasibility Study, Main and Urquart Streets, Georgetown, Guyana; and
o Office of the Project Implementation Unit, Office of the Prime Minister, Wight’s Lane, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana; (592) 2-263759; E-mail:; Internet:

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