U.N. seeks survey of Brazil’s Paraiba do Sul Basin

On behalf of the Brazil government, a United Nations agency invites expressions of interest in performing hydraulic and hydrological studies of Brazil’s Paraiba do Sul River Basin. Responses are due May 16.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is to hire a firm to perform the studies under terms of a loan agreement between the Brazilian government and the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Last year, Brazil’s energy research agency, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE), said it was in the final phases of developing integrated environmental evaluations of Paraiba do Sul and three other basins, Parnaiba, Tocantins, and Doce. (HNN 9/17/07)

EPE had completed inventories of the Uruguai and Paranaiba river basins, finding 37 potential hydroelectric projects totaling 4,637.6 MW could be developed by 2016. The six basins were chosen by Brazilian energy officials because they have the largest concentration of hydropower sites either in operation or in potential, EPE said.

Federal utility Furnas Centrais Eletricas S.A. is developing the 333.7-MW Simplicio hydroelectric project on the Paraiba do Sul. (HNN 4/2/08)

UNESCO seeks expressions of interest from firms to perform hydraulic and hydrological studies of the Paraiba do Sul Basin.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by 6 p.m. May 16. For information, contact UNESCO Representation in Brazil, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, SAS Quadra 5, Bloco H, Ed. CNPq/IBICT/UNESCO, Sala 1106, CEP 70070-914 Brasilia, DF, Brazil; Fax: (55) 61-33224261; E-mail: licita@unesco.org.br.

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