Nicaragua seeks equipment to rehabilitate 220-kW Salto Negro small hydro project

Nicaragua’s Ministerio de Energia y Minas (MEM) seeks bids to supply and install equipment to rehabilitate the 220-kW Salto Negro small hydroelectric project. A site visit is scheduled January 7, with bids due January 29, 2014.

MEM took bids in 2007 for turnkey equipment supply to build Salto Negro at Villa Sandino in Chontales Department. Empresa Hidro Energia S.A. of Guatemala won the contract for that work. The ministry took bids in November to equip the 820-kW Camaleona small hydro project in Jinotega Department.

Under a program of small-scale hydropower development in off-grid areas, MEM now seeks bids to supply and install equipment including sensors and Kaplan-type turbine bearings, a synchronous generator, a turbine regulating system, controls, generation testing and painting.

Bid documents may be requested until January 28 by letter or e-mail to Fondo para el Desarrollo de la Industria Electrica Nacional (FODIEN) at the address below for 300 cordobas (US$35). The documents may be obtained free of charge from the Internet at or with notification to FODIEN.

A site visit is scheduled January 7 and a bidders meeting January 9. Questions may be submitted until January 14. Bids in Spanish are due by 10 a.m. January 29.

For information, contact Unidad de Adquisiciones del FODIEN, Ministerio de Energia y Minas, Rotonda Roberto Teran (Centroamerica), 600 metros al Oeste, Oficinas Principales de ENATREL, Segundo Piso, Managua, Nicaragua; E-mail:

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