Nicaragua seeks bypass construction for 50-MW Centroamerica

Nicaragua utility Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad (Enel) seeks bids to construct a bypass system for the 50-MW Centroamerica hydroelectric project on Nicaragua's Viejo River. Bids are due March 29.

Enel awarded a 40 million euro (US$53 million) contract in 2010 to Franco Tosi Meccanica SpA of Italy to rehabilitate Centroamerica and 50-MW Santa Barbara, also on the Viejo. The Inter-American Development Bank, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, and other lenders approved US$381 million in financing for the National Sustainable Electrification and Renewable Energy Program, which includes rehabilitation of Centroamerica and Santa Barbara and development of other renewable energy projects including hydropower.

Tender documents, in Spanish, for the bypass construction may be obtained from the address below for US$10. Documents also may be obtained from Nicaragua's tender Internet site,

Bids are due by 10 a.m. March 29. For information, contact Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad, Enel Central, Direccion de Adquisiciones, Attn.: Licenciada Miriam Saldana, Interseccion Pista Juan Pablo II y Avenida Bolivar, Managua, Nicaragua; (505) 2277-4169; Fax: (505) 2278-0444; E-mail:; Internet:,

For more hydropower tenders, click here.

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