Peru launches rural electric tenders; to include 29 mini-hydros

Peru’s Ministerio de Energia y Minas is launching a series of solicitations for 42 rural electrification projects including solar photovoltaic panels and 29 mini-hydroelectric plants in remote Amazon and Andes areas.

Vice Minister of Energy Daniel Camac said January 16 that bidding and execution of the rural electrification projects would begin in January for a total investment of 221 million soles (US$70 million).

A master plan for rural electrification, completed in late 2008 with funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, proposes spending a total of US$178 million on solar-powered projects and US$39 million on mini-hydro projects through 2020.

Camac said initially three packages would be solicited: one totaling 86 million soles (US$27.3 million) for Huanuco Province; one for 11 projects totaling 40 million soles (US$12.7 million) in Amazonas, Ancash, Cajamarca, and Lambayeque provinces; and one for three projects totaling 93 million soles (US$29.5 million) in an unspecified region. The vice minister did not specify the technologies to be solicited for the initial packages.

Peru began developing a master plan in 2006 for rural electrification using hydroelectric and photovoltaic generation. (HNN 8/21/06) Among its initiatives, the government worked to develop a small hydropower geographic information system. (HNN 12/11/06)

The rural electrification master plan identifies 29 candidate hydro sites in 13 provinces, totaling 2.655 MW. They range from the 15-kW Marachanca project in Lima Province to the 620-kW Santa Catalina project in Loreto Province.

The master plan is available on the Ministerio de Energia y Minas Internet site, www.minem.gob.pe, under http://dger.minem.gob.pe/fotos/File/ERenov/PlanMaestro_ER_PeruSummary.pdf.

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