Bolivia seeks turbine-generators for 80-MW Misicuni hydro project

Misicuni Hydroelectric Project

Bolivia utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) seeks bids for turbine-generators and other equipment for the 80-MW Misicuni hydroelectric project on Bolivia's Misicuni River. Bids are due January 24, 2014.

ENDE is developing the hydro project with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank. 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 2012 for underground construction work at the hydroelectric project. Also that year it awarded contracts to supply a penstock and steel surge shaft liner, and to supervise construction.

In the current solicitation, ENDE seeks bids for design fabrication, transportation and installation of main hydropower equipment including two 40-MW Pelton turbines, two 47-megavolt-ampere generators, a butterfly valve and three ball valves, governors and voltage regulation, control and protection equipment and a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. Unit 1 is to be commissioned in 18 to 21 months.

Tender documents, in Spanish, may be obtained from the address below for proof of deposit of US$500 via Banco Union S.A., beneficiary Empresa Nacional de Electricidad, ENDE, Account No. 10000003903776, SWIFT Code BAUNBO22, Banco Union S.A., Av. Ballivian No. 725, Cochabamba, Bolivia. Intermediary Banks: Societe Generale, New York, USA, Account No. 199761, SWIFT Code SOGEUS33; Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt, Germany, Account No. 400-871-9718-00, SWIFT Code COBADEFF. Upon verified deposit, a password will be provided for downloading documents via the Internet. Bidders also may obtain a hard copy of the document and a digital copy on disk.

Bids are due by 3 p.m. January 24 to the address below. For information, contact Empresa Nacional de Electricidad - ENDE, Calle Colombia O-0655. Edificio TDE, Piso 1, Cochabamba, Bolivia; (591) 44-520317; Fax: (591) 44-580660; E-mail:; Internet:,

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