UPDATE – Argentina extends bid date to inventory Uruguai River hydro

Argentina energy trader Emprendimientos Energia Binacional Sociedad Anonima (Ebisa) has extended the deadline for bids to perform an inventory of the hydropower potential of the Uruguai River on the joint border of Argentina and Brazil. Bids now are due November 27.

Bids originally were due November 20. (HNN 10/14/08) Ebisa and Brazil government-owned utility Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S/A (Eletrobras) signed an agreement in September to cooperate in carrying out the studies, in line with an agreement between the two nations to cooperate on Uruguai River development. (HNN 5/5/08) Studies in the 1980s identified a potential of 5,000 MW on the river reach between the two countries.

The inventory work, which also is to include the adjoining Pepiri-Guazu River, is expected to take 540 days with a total budget of US$5 million.

Ebisa and Eletrobras plan to cooperate on studies of hydroelectric potential of the Uruguai and on technical and economic-environmental feasibility studies of one previously identified development, the 1,800-MW Garabi hydroelectric project. The presidents of Brazil and Argentina agreed in February to accelerate the development of Garabi, which had been shelved in the 1990s as infeasible due to high environmental and social effects. (HNN 2/25/08)

A tender announcement may be obtained from the Ebisa Internet site, www.ebisa.com.ar/contrataciones.htm. Bid documents may be obtained from the address below for 25,000 pesos (US$1,124).

Bids are due by 11 a.m. November 27. For information, contact Emprendimientos Energia Binacional Sociedad Anonima (Ebisa), Maipu 267 Piso 20 (C1084ABE) Buenos Aires, Argentina; (54) 11-43939449; Fax: (54) 11-43939449; E-mail: presidencia@ebisa.com.ar; Internet: www.ebisa.com.ar.

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