UN agency renews call for dam, tunnel for Peru’s 300-MW Alto Piura hydro project

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has renewed its solicitation for bids to construct a dam and tunnel for the 300-MW Alto Piura hydroelectric project in Peru’s Piura and Cajamarca departments. Bids are due November 19.

UNOPS issued similar solicitations in 2010 and 2009 for construction of the Tronera Sur Dam and Trasandino Tunnel, as well as a separate solicitation for supervision of that work. Peru’s national water authority took bids in May for hydrodynamic modeling of the Chira and Piura rivers.

Piura and UNOPS agreed in April 2009 to cooperate in development of the first-phase irrigation works of Alto Piura. The irrigation works are to entail a dam, channeling works, and distribution infrastructure to transfer water from the Huancabamba River in northwestern Peru for irrigation of between 30,000 and 50,000 hectares.

The phase 2 hydropower component, to include two 150-MW power plants, later is to be built and operated by the private sector under a concession.

UNOPS currently seeks bids to build the Tronera Sur Dam and Trasandino Tunnel across the Andes Mountains to carry irrigation water.

Solicitation documents may be obtained from the address below. Bids are due at 3 p.m. November 19. For information, contact Oficina de UNOPS, Area de Licitaciones, Complejo Javier Perez de Cuellar, Av. Perez Aranibar 750, Magdalena del Mar, Lima, Peru; (511) 630-9900; E-mail: licitaciones.peru.07@unops.org; Internet: www.unops.org/convocatorias.

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