Peru renews call for small hydro geographic information system

The government of Peru has renewed its invitation for expressions of interest in development of a small hydropower geographic information system (GIS) similar to that developed for the United States and to be developed in Brazil. Responses now are due December 22.

With funding from the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Global Environment Facility, Peru seeks to develop a GIS system for preliminary evaluation of Peru’s renewable power potential based on small hydroelectric plants. (HNN 10/24/06)

The system would be based on an existing prototype HydroGIS using basic ArcGIS software. The government said examples of the system can be found in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) documents “Water Energy Resources of the United States with Emphasis on Low Head/Low Power Resources” and “Users Guide: Virtual Hydropower Prospector, Version 1.1.”

In its study, the U.S. DOE found nearly 130,000 sites throughout the United States where it is feasible to develop new hydropower projects representing a total potential of 30,000 average MW. (HNN 2/21/06) The U.S. Virtual Hydropower Prospector is available on the Internet at http://hydropower.inl.gov. Using no special software, users may display sites with features needed for preliminary feasibility assessments. Earlier this year, a similar study was commissioned of Brazilian hydro potential. (HNN 8/2/06)

The government said its original invitation received insufficient responses from qualified bidders

Expressions of interest, and qualifications, are due by 5 p.m. December 22 via courier or e-mail to the address below. For information, contact Unidad Ejecutora de Proyecto UGP-FONER, Ministerio de Energia y Minas, Attn.: Pedro Villa Durand, Gerente, Calle Tinajones No. 177, Santiago de Surco, Lima, Peru; (51) 1-2733300; Fax: (51) 1-2722001; E-mail: pvilla@minem.gob.pe, pormeno@minem.gob.pe, rlavera@minem.gob.pe; Internet: www.minem.gob.pe.

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