Venezuela extends tech support call, seeks emergency gear for 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydro project

Simon Bolivar Hydropower Project

Venezuela utility Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. (Corpoelec) has extended the deadline for expressions of interest to provide specialized technical support for rehabilitation of six turbine-generators of the 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydroelectric project on Venezuela's Caroni River. Responses now are due July 30.

Corpoelec also called for bids by July 21 to supply equipment for emergency crews and for environmental contingencies at Simon Bolivar.

The utility originally sought expressions of interest for rehab technical support by June 30. The solicitation is part of a program by Corpoelec to rehabilitate six turbine-generators that have been operating for 50 years at Simon Bolivar, located at Guri Dam. The Inter-American Development Bank lent US$700 million and the Andean development corporation, Corporacion Andina de Fomento, lent US$380 million to help replace Units 1-6.

Corpoelec recruited consultants last year to train staff in hydro-meteorological and limnological monitoring and in emergency response and environmental education for the project.

The utility now invites expressions of interest from consultants to support rehabilitation of Units 1-6 in Simon Bolivar's powerhouse 1. Work is to include support of hydraulic modeling, hydraulic structures study, laboratory standards development, engineering design, cost estimates, risk mitigation, procurement, dam safety management, and other areas.

Expressions of interest now are due to the address below by 4 p.m. July 30 in a sealed envelope labeled "Asesoria Tecnica Especializada para el Proyecto de Rehabilitacion de las Unidades 1 a 6 de la Casa de Maquinas I de la Central Hidroelectrica Simon Bolivar de Guri, Proceso de Solicitud de Propuesta No. SP-CAP10-G-0133/2014." They also may be submitted by e-mail to the addresses below. Bidder e-mail addresses must have a corporate domain name or use the Bolivian government's cantv.net domain. Domains from Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail will not be received.

For information, contact Ingrid Mendoza, Unidad de Procura, Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. (Corpoelec), Edificio Torre Las Mercedes, Planta Baja Sur Mezzanina, Avenida La Estancia, Chuao, Caracas 1060 Venezuela; (58) 212-9501980; E-mail: imendoza@corpoelec.gob.ve, rnuzzo@corpoelec.gob.ve; Internet: www.corpoelec.gob.ve.

Emergency, environmental equipment sought for Simon Bolivar

Corpoelec seeks bids by July 21 to supply materials and equipment for emergency crews and for environmental operational contingencies at Simon Bolivar. The solicitation also seeks equipment for development of an environmental education program. The supplies are to be provided in six months.

Bidding documents, in Spanish, may be obtained from the Corpoelec Internet page under www.corpoelec.gob.ve/contrataciones_publicas/modernizacionguri1A6. If there is difficulty with the website, contact the information address below.

Bids are due by 9:30 a.m. July 21 to Corporacion Electrica Nacional (Corpoelec), Coordinacion de Procura, Comision de Contrataciones V de Corpoelec, Av. La Estancia, Edificio Torre Las Mercedes, Planta Baja, Sala de Actos Publicos Aponwao, Chuao, Caracas, Codigo Postal 1060, Bolivia. For information, contact Secretaria de la Comision de Contrataciones V de Corpoelec, Attn.: Teonell Antonio Nunez Zambrano, Edificio Torre Las Mercedes, Mezzanina, Av. La Estancia, Chuao, Caracas, Codigo Postal 1060, Bolivia; E-mail: tnunez@corpoelec.gob.ve, rneyra@corpoelec.gob.ve.

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