Ecuador utility seeks supervision to build 50-MW Quijos

QUITO, Ecuador 1/18/12 (PennWell) -- Ecuador utility Corporacion Electrica del Ecuador (Celec) seeks bids for consulting services to supervise construction, equipment installation, and commissioning of the 50-MW Quijos hydroelectric project on Ecuador's Quijos and Papallacta rivers. Bids are due January 31.

China Development Bank provided US$680 million to the Ecuador government in 2011 to finance Quijos and three other hydroelectric projects, 21 MW Mazar-Dudas, 276 MW Minas San Francisco, and 15 MW Villonaco. Celec awarded China National Electric Equipment Corp. (CNEEC) a US$94.7 million contract in December for construction and equipping of Quijos, to be complete by December 2015.

The Quijos project includes a diversion dam, side inlet, and desander in the Quijos catchment and a dam, side inlet, two desanders, and a pressure shaft in the Papallacta catchment. A 2,373-meter conduction tunnel from the Quijos River is to join a similar tunnel of 2,392 meters from the Papallacta River to form a common tunnel of 4,522 meters to a powerhouse containing three turbine-generators.

Celec seeks bids from consultants to audit: civil construction; engineering detail; manufacture, supply, installation, and testing of equipment; and commissioning of the project. The budget for the contract is US$7.69 million.

Tender documents may be obtained from Ecuador's procurement Internet site,, at

Bids are due by 10 a.m. January 31 both via and in hard copy to the address below.

For information, contact Celec EP, Transelectric Building, Av. 6 de Diciembre N26-235 y Av. Orellana, Piso 10, Quito, Ecuador; (593) 2-521546; E-mail:; Internet:

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