Venezuela seeks substation upgrade, switchyard for 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydro project

Venezuela’s national utility seeks bids to modernize and expand a substation, construct a new switchyard and modernize transmission lines for the 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydroelectric project. Bids are due March 27.

Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. (Corpoelec) took expressions of interest in January for engineering services to modernize six turbine-generators of Simon Bolivar and also to supply emergency response and environmental protection supplies for the project, located at Guri Dam on Venezuela’s Caroni River.

Corpoelec awarded a contract last year to Dongfang Electric Machinery Co. Ltd. of China to supply the equipment for comprehensive modernization of the six turbine-generators. It also recruited firms to perform factory inspection of equipment.

The utility now seeks bids for modernization and expansion of Substation A at 400 kilovolts, construction of a new switchyard at 230/34.5/13.8 kV and modernization of transmission lines associated with Powerhouse 1 of Simon Bolivar. The work is expected to require 54 months.

Bidding documents in Spanish may be obtained from the Corpoelec Internet page under, Proceso CAI-SUR6-A-0319/2014.

For information or to request bidding documents, contact Secretaria de la Comision de Contrataciones V de Corpoelec, Attn.: Teonell Antonio Nunez Zambrano, Edificio Torre Las Mercedes, Mezzanina, Av. La Estancia, Chuao, Caracas, Codigo Postal 1060, Venezuela; E-mail:

Bids are due by 9:30 a.m. March 27 to Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. (Corpoelec), Gerencia General de Procura, Comision de Contrataciones V de Corpoelec, Av. La Estancia, Edificio Torre Las Mercedes, Planta Baja Sur, Sala de Actos Publicos, Chuao, Caracas, Codigo Postal 1060, Venezuela.


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