El Salvador seeks supervision of 99.4-MW Cinco de Noviembre expansion

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador 1/19/12 (PennWell) -- El Salvador's hydropower utility seeks bids from consultants to provide technical assistance and supervision of an 80-MW expansion of the 99.4-MW Cinco de Noviembre hydroelectric project on El Salvador's Rio Lempa. A site visit is planned February 6, with bids due March 15.

Cinco de Noviembre was built in stages between 1951 and 1966, 90 kilometers northeast of San Salvador. Its underground powerhouse was upgraded in recent years to 99.4 MW from 81.4 MW. Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) recruited consultants in 2011 to assess the compliance of the expansion plan with requirements of the World Commission on Dams.

The expansion would add two 40-MW turbine-generators that would enable Cinco de Noviembre to utilize surplus water from rainy seasons that currently is discharged through the project spillway.

CEL seeks consultants to provide technical assistance and supervision including: review and update of project documents; assistance in preparation of tenders, technical and financial evaluation of bids, and formalization of contracts; and final engineering review of works and supervision of construction, testing, and commissioning.

Bid documents, in Spanish, may be obtained from the address below or from the Internet at www.comprasal.gob.sv/moddiv/servlet/consultaDocumentos?prefijo=4106-CEL-CP 09/12&docu=BASES CP0912.pdf. Those obtaining the documents from the Internet are to notify CEL by e-mail at the address below.

Questions are to be submitted by February 29 to the address below or by e-mail to licitaciones@cel.gob.sv. A site visit is scheduled February 6. Those planning to attend must contact CEL by five days before the visit at (503) 2211-6310.

Bids are due between 9 and 11 a.m. March 15. For information, contact Departamento de Licitaciones de la UACI, Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa, 5a Planta, Oficina Central de CEL, 9a Calle Poniente No. 950, Centro de Gobierno, San Salvador, El Salvador; (503) 2211-6149; Fax: (503) 2211-6243; E-mail: licitaciones@cel.gob.sv; Internet: www.cel.gob.sv.

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