Venezuela extends call to inspect equipment to upgrade 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydro project

Venezuela utility Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. (Corpoelec) has extended the deadline for expressions of interest to perform factory inspection of equipment required for modernization of six turbine-generators of the 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydroelectric project on Venezuela’s Caroni River. Responses now are due August 15.

Corpoelec previously called for responses by August 4. It also had called in July for bids to equip emergency crews and for expressions of interest to provide specialized technical support for rehabilitation of Units 1-6 in powerhouse 1 of Simon Bolivar.

The solicitation is part of a program by Corpoelec to rehabilitate the six turbine-generators that have been operating for 50 years at Simon Bolivar, located at Guri Dam. Corpoelec recruited consultants last year to train staff in hydro-meteorological and limnological monitoring and in emergency response and environmental education for the project.

The utility now invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform factory inspection of equipment required to modernize the units including major mechanical systems and electrical auxiliaries. Equipment includes turbine-generators, governors, exciters, transformers, auxiliary mechanical and electrical systems, controls and substation.

Expressions of interest now are due to the address below by 4 p.m. August 15 in a sealed envelope labeled “Inspeccion en Fabrica de los Equipos Requeridos para la Modernizacion de las Unidades 1 a 6 y de los Sistemas Auxiliares Electricos y Mecanicos Comunes y Principales de la Casa de Maquinas, Proceso SP-CAP10-G-0183/2014.” They also may be submitted by e-mail to the addresses below.

Clarifications and amendments to the bidding process may be obtained from Corpolec’s Internet site under www.corpoelec.gob.ve/modernizacion-guri-del-1-6. Bidder e-mail addresses must have a corporate domain name or use the Bolivian government’s cantv.net domain. Domains from Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail will not be received.

For information, contact Ingrid Mendoza, Unidad de Procura, Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. (Corpoelec), Edificio Torre Las Mercedes, Planta Baja Sur Mezzanina, Avenida La Estancia, Chuao, Caracas 1060 Venezuela; (58) 212-9501980; E-mail: imendoza@corpoelec.gob.ve, rnuzzo@corpoelec.gob.ve; Internet: www.corpoelec.gob.ve.

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