Peru seeks small hydro geographic information system

The government of Peru seeks 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 are due November 3.

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.

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 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)

In addition to the hydropower GIS solicitation, Peru’s Ministerio de Energia y Minas seeks expressions of interest for a similar national mapping of wind energy and an overall GIS system for Internet-based national mapping that will incorporate both the hydro and wind GIS systems.

Expressions of interest, and qualifications, for all three GIS system jobs are due to the address below by November 3. For information, contact Unidad Ejecutora 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:; Internet:

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