UPDATE – Mexico delays selection of builder for 750-MW La Yesca

Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) postponed the announcement of winning bidders for construction of the 750-MW La Yesca hydroelectric project.

CFE said the announcement now is expected November 1.

The national utility said three consortia submitted bids to construct the project: Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) of Mexico, Impregilo of Italy, and Sinohydro Corp. of China. (HNN 10/17/06) It said bids ranged from Impregilo’s US$805 million to Sinohydro’s US$1.25 billion estimate.

CFE requested bids September 28 for civil, electro-mechanical, and associated work. To be located on the Santiago River in Jalisco State, La Yesca is to include a 210-meter-tall concrete-faced rockfill dam, a basin of 12 million cubic meters, and an underground powerhouse containing two 375-MW turbine-generators.

Construction is expected to create 10,000 jobs and be completed in 2011.

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