Bolivia seeks penstock bids for 80-MW Misicuni

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia 2/15/12 (PennWell) -- Bolivia utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) seeks bids to supply a penstock and steel surge shaft liner for the 80-MW Misicuni multi-purpose hydroelectric project on Bolivia's Misicuni River. Bids are due March 20.

The multi-purpose project, already under way, includes Misicuni Dam and a diversion tunnel, which is to deliver water from the Misicuni River through mountains to the Cochabamba Valley for Cochabamba municipal water supply and irrigation of 15,000 acres. ENDE took bids in February to equip the hydro plant.

In the current solicitation, ENDE seeks bids for design, manufacture, transport, assembly, testing, and commissioning of the hydro project penstock and steel liner of the surge shaft. The work is to require 28 months with a budget of US$29 million.

ENDE rejected bids in November 2011 for civil works of the hydropower plant, including a tunnel extension, tunnel liner, surge shaft, safety valve, penstock, powerhouse, and re-regulation reservoir.

Tender documents for the penstock work, in Spanish, may be obtained from the address below for proof of deposit of US$400 via Banco Union S.A., beneficiary Empresa Nacional de Electricidad, ENDE, Account No. 10000003903776, SWIFT Code BAUNBO22, Banco Union S.A., Calle Sucre No. E-397, Cochabamba, Bolivia. Intermediary Banks: Standard Chartered Bank, New York, USA, Account No. 3544-034882-001, SWIFT Code SCBLUS33; Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt, Germany, Account No. 400-871-9718-00, SWIFT Code COBADEFF. Documents will be sent by regular mail for domestic delivery, airmail for foreign delivery, or by Internet with an access code for download.

Bids are due by 5 p.m. March 20 to the address below. For information, contact Empresa Nacional de Electricidad - ENDE, Attn.: Ing. Nelson Caballero Vargas, Av. Ballivian No. 503, Edificio Colon, Piso 8, Oficina 804, Cochabamba, Bolivia; (591) 44-520317; Fax: (591) 44-520318; E-mail: misicuni@ende.bo; Internet: www.ende.bo, www.misicuni.net.

ENDE seeks consultant to supervise building Misicuni hydro plant

ENDE also seeks bids March 12 from consultants to supervise construction of the Misicuni hydroelectric plant. The utility invited expressions of interest in the work in 2010.

ENDE seeks bids for supervision and design of civil works and the coordination of contracts for construction and supply of equipment. The Misicuni hydro plant includes a tunnel extension, tunnel liner, safety valve, penstock, powerhouse with two 40-MW Pelton turbines, and a re-regulation reservoir.

The utility posted a notice of the solicitation on its Internet site at http://www.ende.bo/licitaciones.php?tipo=nacional/internacional. Bids are due March 12.

For information, contact Empresa Nacional de Electricidad - ENDE, Attn.: Ing. Nelson Caballero Vargas, Av. Ballivian No. 503, Edificio Colon, Piso 8, Oficina 804, Cochabamba, Bolivia; (591) 44-520317; Fax: (591) 44-520318; E-mail: misicuni@ende.bo; Internet: www.ende.bo, www.misicuni.net.



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