Venezuela seeks rehab of six units at 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar

CARACAS, Venezuela 3/30/12 (PennWell) — Venezuela utility Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. (Corpoelec) invites applications for pre-qualification to rehabilitate six turbine-generators of the 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydroelectric project on Venezuela’s Caroni River. Responses are due April 16.

The Andean development corporation, Corporacion Andina de Fomento, approved a US$380 million loan in 2011 to help replace the six turbine-generators which have been operating for 50 years at the plant, located at Guri Dam. The Inter-American Development Bank also announced a US$700 million loan to upgrade the units.

Corpoelec invites pre-qualification by contractors for design, manufacture, installation, testing, and commissioning of Units 1-6, comprising turbines, governors, generators, exciters, transformers, isolated phase bars, auxiliary drive systems, and electrical and mechanical auxiliary systems. Work also is to include modernizing the control systems of Units 1-10 and the central control of the entire Powerhouse 1.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained from the Corpoelec Internet site at The documents also may be obtained in electronic form by written request to the address below.

Applications for pre-qualification are due to the address below by 2 p.m. April 16, in a sealed envelope labeled “Solicitud de precalificacion para Modernizacion de las Unidades 1 a 6 y de los Sistemas Auxiliares Electricos y Mecanicos Comunes Principales de la Casa de Maquinas I de Guri LPI No. CAI-SUR6-G-0068/2011.”

For information, contact Lisset Gonzalez, Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A., Edificio Torre Las Mercedes, Piso 1, Avenida La Estancia, Chuao, Caracas, Venezuela; (58) 212-9501629; Fax: (58) 212-9502240; E-mail:,; Internet:

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