Paraguay seeks expansion, hydrological studies for 200-MW Acaray 1 and 2 hydro projects

Paraguay utility Administracion Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE) invites expressions of interest to assess potential for expansion and to conduct hydrological studies for the 200-MW Acaray 1 and 2 hydroelectric projects on Paraguay’s Acaray River. Responses to two solicitations are due October 6.

ANDE awarded a contract to Argentina’s Industria Metalurgicas Pescarmona SA (IMPSA) in 2007 for refurbishment of the 110-MW Acaray 2. The reservoir of Acaray 2 and 90-MW Acaray 1 receives additional flows from the reservoir of Yguazu Dam, itself proposed for construction of the 206-MW Yguazu hydroelectric project.

In the first of two solicitations, ANDE invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a comprehensive assessment of the infrastructure of the Acaray projects, including a study of the potential for increasing generating capacity. Work would include a pre-feasibility study of constructing a third hydro plant. The work is expected to require six months with funding of US$1.2 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

In a second solicitation, ANDE invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a comprehensive and updated hydrological study of the Acaray River Basin including the ability to generate real-time estimates of water availability for power generation. The work is expected to require four months with funding of US$300,000 from IADB.

Expressions of interest for both solicitations are due by 3 p.m. October 6 by delivery, mail or e-mail to the address below. ANDE plans to invite short-lists of firms to submit bids.

For information, contact Presidente de la Administracion Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE), Sede Central de ANDE, Av. Espana 1268 y Padre Cardozo, Planta Baja, Dpto. de Licitaciones, Asuncion 604 Paraguay; (595) 212-122364; E-mail:; Internet:

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