Peru seeks grid to link 107-MW Machu Picchu, 129-MW Santa Teresa

Peru’s investment agency seeks bids to construct a transmission line to deliver electricity from new hydroelectric developments including an expansion of the 107-MW Machu Picchu project and the 129-MW Santa Teresa project. Applications for qualification are due September 1.

A consortium of ABB of Switzerland and Harbin Electric Machinery Co. Ltd. of China is supplying electro-mechanical equipment for rehabilitation and expansion of Machu Picchu in Peru’s Cusco Region to 206 MW. (HydroWorld 7/10/09) Investment agency Agencia de Promocion de la Inversion Privada (ProInversion) also is pursuing construction of the Santa Teresa hydro project, 3.8 kilometers downstream from Machu Picchu. (HydroWorld 1/6/09)

ProInversion now seeks bids for a concession to construct and operate the 220-kilovolt Machupicchu-Abancay-Cotaruse transmission line. The project is intended to upgrade the electrical system of southeastern Peru to more reliably deliver power from the new hydro developments to the region’s demand centers. ProInversion said the estimated US$80 million line also is to help solve problems of grid overloading, instability, and congestion.

The winning bidder would be responsible for design, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the project during 24 months of construction and a 30-year concession period. At the end of the concession, the line would be transferred to the government.

The agency is to take questions until August 31. Applications for qualification are due September 1. A winning bidder is to be named October 10.

For information, contact Project Manager Luis Ortigas Cuneo, ProInversion, Paseo de la Republica No. 3361, Piso 9, Lima, Peru; (51) 1-6121200, extension 1340; E-mail:; Internet:

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