Venezuela seeks archaeological consultant for 2,320-MW Manuel Piar

State utility Electrificacion del Caroni (Edelca) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop an archaeological research and rescue program for the 2,320-MW Manuel Piar hydroelectric project being built on Venezuela's Caroni River. Responses are due January 15, 2011.

The Inter-American Development Bank lent Venezuela US$1.75 billion in 2009 to complete construction of Manuel Piar, the former Tocoma project, which includes a 300-meter-long, 82-meter-tall concrete dam and hydropower station. IMPSA of Argentina signed a US$520 million contract to supply 10 232-MW Kaplan turbines, generators, and other equipment.

Edelca, a unit of nationalized utility holding company Corpoelec, seeks a firm for prospecting, geographic location, and recording of archaeological sites in the area affected by the project; selection of sites considered most relevant to excavation; and excavation, collection, and analysis of archaeological materials.

Expressions of interest, including a summary of qualifications of no more than five pages, are due to the address below by January 15.

For information, contact Gerencia de Contrataciones, Edificio Torre Las Mercedes, Piso 1, Avenida la Estancia, Chuao, Caracas, Venezuela; Fax: (58) 212-9502240; E-mail:

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