Ecuador seeks study of 10 hydro projects totaling 353.5 MW

National electricity authority Consejo Nacional de Electricidad (Conelec) seeks bids from pre-qualified firms to perform inventory studies of 10 hydroelectric projects totaling 353.3 MW. Bids are due October 16.

Conelec issued a solicitation calling for technical and financial proposals from a shortlist of three pre-qualifiers, Astec Asesoria Tecnica Cia. Ltda., Caminosca Cia. Ltda., and Charlieg Ingenieria y Remediacion Cia. Ltda.

Projects include: 36-MW Pilaton-Santa Ana, 11.5-MW Corazon, 18.7-MW Cinto, and 31.3-MW Los Bancos, all in Pinchincha Province; 41-MW Intag 1, 27.3-MW Escudillas, and 19.7-MW Pamplona, all in Imbabura Province; 45.5-MW Mira 1 and 75.3-MW Chota, both in Carchi Province; and 47.2-MW Cuyes in Morona Santiago Province. Conelec solicited pre-feasibility studies in 2007 for Pilaton-Santa Ana and Pamplona.

Conelec seeks inventory studies that comprehensively identify possible uses of water systems, basins, and sub-basins, based on analysis of topographic, hydrological, geological, social, and environmental studies of the sites identified in the framework of power and energy requirements. The work is to require 150 days with a budget of US$201,756.

Tender documents, in Spanish, may be obtained from Ecuador's solicitation Internet site, under

Questions may be submitted via the website through October 3. Bids are due by 3 p.m. October 16.

For information, contact Consejo Nacional de Electricidad (Conelec), Avenida Naciones Unidas E7-71 y Avenida de Los Shyris, Edifico CONELEC, Quito, Ecuador; (593) 2-2268739; Fax: (593) 2-2268737; E-mail:; Internet:,

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