Mexico utility delays bidding for 750-MW La Yesca

Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has delayed bidding for construction of the 750-MW La Yesca hydroelectric project on the Santiago River. Business News Americas reported CFE delayed the previously announced solicitation due to technical discussions with prospective bidders.

CFE had planned to seek bids by September 28 for construction of the project at Hostotipaquillo in Jalisco State. La Yesca is to include a 210-meter-tall concrete-faced rockfill dam, a basin of 12 million cubic meters, and an underground powerhouse containing two 375-MW turbine-generators.

BNamericas said a CFE spokesman reported the schedule was modified to allow more companies to participate in bidding, but added there was no new date for launching the tender.

A table on CFE’s Internet site listed a date of May 6 for issuing a call for bids, which would be received by October 28, a month later than the original proposed due date. That schedule also listed start of construction as December 16, 2006, a month later than originally planned.

The winning bidder is to be responsible for civil, electro-mechanical, and associated work, as well as financing for the estimated US$850 million project.

Bid documents may be obtained from the CFE Internet site, For information, contact Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Licitaciones y Contratacion de Proyectos, Subdireccion de Contratacion de Proyectos de Inversion Financiada, Paseo de la Reforma 164, Mezzanine 1, Colonia Juarez, Distrito Federal 06600 Mexico; Fax: (52) 5229-4755; E-mail:; Internet:


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