Italian funding speeds development of Bolivia’s Misicuni Dam

Bolivian officials secured funding of 25 million euros (US$33.8 million) from the Italian government May 31, allowing the construction of the Misicuni Dam multipurpose project to be launched sooner in Bolivia’s Cochabamba Valley.

When complete, the project is to provide water to the Cochabamba metropolitan area and is to irrigate more than 15,000 acres, in addition to the potential to generate hydroelectric power estimated at 120 MW.

Bolivia’s official Agencia Boliviana de Informacion said the funding will allow construction, initially to begin in mid-2008 to start in late 2007. Additionally, the dam is to be built to its full 120-meter height, instead of building an initial 85-meter-tall stage.

In addition to the Italian funding, Corporacion Andina de Fomento is to supply US$7 million and the Bolivian government is to provide US$6.5 million.

A Brazil-Bolivia consortium, Engevix-Caem was named to provide technical supervision of the construction of the dam and related works. (HNN 11/30/06) Final design is expected to be complete in July, followed by construction tendering.

For information, contact Empresa Misicuni, Calle Ismael Vasquez No. 664, Casilla 5639, Cochambamba, Bolivia; (591) 4-4533215; Fax: (591) 4-4533218; E-mail: proyecto@misicuni.net; Internet: www.misicuni.net.

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