Nicaragua seeks equipment for rehab of two 50-MW hydro projects

Centroamerica Hydropower Plant

Nicaragua utility Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad (Enel) seeks bids to supply plant equipment for rehabilitation of the 50-MW Centroamerica and 50-MW Carlos Fonseca hydroelectric projects on Nicaragua's Viejo River. Bids are due June 25.

The Inter-American Development Bank, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, and other lenders approved US$381 million in financing in 2010 for a Nicaragua renewable energy project that includes rehabilitation of Centroamerica and Carlos Fonseca (formerly Santa Barbara). Italy-based turbine manufacturer Franco Tosi Meccanica SpA won a contract that year to modernize turbines and rehabilitate generators and other systems at the projects. Honduras-based GeoConsult SA de C.V. won a contract in 2012 to supervise construction of a bypass system at Centroamerica.

Enel now seeks bids to supply and commission plant elements including substation equipment; auxiliary equipment; system protection; governors; 10.5-kV, 480-V and 24.9-kV bars; electrical panels; control and automation; communication; cooling system; fire system; valves; instrumentation; and headworks gates.

Tender documents in digital form, in Spanish, may be obtained until June 24 from the Enel Internet site,, under Adquisiciones; from the Nicaragua purchasing website,; or from the address below.

Bids are due by 10 a.m. June 25. For information, contact Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad, Enel Central, Direccion de Adquisiciones, Attn.: Licenciada Azucena Obando, Interseccion Pista Juan Pablo II y Avenida Bolivar, Managua, Nicaragua; (505) 2277-4169; Fax: (505) 2278-0444; E-mail:,; Internet:

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