Latin bank seeks studies of Bolivia hydropower expansion, thermal plants

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies of expanding generation at existing hydropower projects and reservoirs and of improving efficiency of thermal power plants. Responses are due October 4.

IADB has provided financing to the Bolivian government for a program of promotion, support, and development of sustainable energy development in Bolivia. IADB previously lent US$106 million to Bolivia for the hydroelectric component of the 80-MW Misicuni multi-purpose project, which is under development. Other projects planned in Bolivia included 800-MW Cachuela Esperanza and 600-MW Rositas.

IADB now seeks consultants to develop technical and economic feasibility studies of increasing generating capacity of existing hydroelectric projects as well as large and small reservoirs that are in service in the area of Bolivia’s national grid system. Consultants also would develop feasibility studies of converting open-cycle natural gas-fired power plants to more efficient combined-cycle plants.

The work is expected to require 12 months with a budget of US$240,000.

Expressions of interest are to be submitted via IADB’s e-Sourcing Internet site, https://enet.iadb.org/BidderWeb/signOn.aspx, until 6 p.m., U.S. Eastern time, October 4.

For information, contact Arturo Alarcon-Rodriguez, Inter-American Development Bank; Division ENE; Promocion, Apoyo y Desarrollo de Energia Sostenible en Bolivia; 1300 New York Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20577 USA; Fax: (1) 202-623-1579; E-mail: arturoal@iadb.org; Internet: www.iadb.org.

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