Nicaragua utility seeks study of 100-MW El Carmen

Nicaragua utility Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad (Enel) seeks bids to perform a pre-feasibility study of the 100-MW El Carmen hydroelectric project on Nicaragua's Rio Grande de Matagalpa. Bids are due September 27.

Enel has received funding from the Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America to fund hydroelectric work. The utility took bids in March to construct a bypass system for the 50-MW Centroamerica hydroelectric project on Nicaragua's Viejo River.

Initially studied in 1994 by Nicaragua's Instituto Nicaraguense de Electricidad, El Carmen is to include a concrete-faced rockfill dam and powerhouse containing two 50-MW Francis turbine-generators. The project is to have a drainage area of 5,972 square kilometers and flows of 95 cubic meters per second.

Tender documents for the pre-feasibility study, in Spanish, may be obtained from the address below or from Nicaragua's tender Internet site,, under the link Contrataciones Vigentes, labeled Concurso 16/2011.

Bids are due by 10 a.m. September 27. 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:,

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