Bolivia soliciting prep bids for 254-MW Ivirizu hydroelectric plant

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Bolivian power generator Electrica Valle Hermoso is now soliciting bids for advance work on the 254-MW Ivirizu hydroelectric power complex.

The first solicitation, issued for the 254-MW Ivirizu project, is worth an estimated US$190 million and calls for the construction of one of the facility's two dams (known as Sehuencas), access roads, and the supply, installation and startup of it mechanical equipment.

The second is worth about $106.4 million and calls for water infrastructure work at Sehuencas and the project's second dam, known as the Juntas, alongside the supply, installation and started up of associated equipment.

Bid documents show the winner of the first contract will have 1,050 days to complete the work, and 1,200 days for the second. Bids are due Feb. 10, 2017. More information is available from Electrica Valle Hermoso's parent company, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad S.A. (Ende), here. reported in June that the Bolivian government was working to prioritize construction of the $520 million Iviziru complex, which will be located in Carrasco province.

Ende previously said it hopes to have the plan on line in 2020. The government wants to make Bolivia an exporter of surplus energy, with about 70% of the country's power supply to come from hydroelectric sources by 2025. reported in April that Ende had awarded a contract to complete design studies for the 347-MW Carrizal plant. The company is also working on the 40-MW Rositas project, with the 5-MW Huacata, 120-MW Misicuni, 1,600-MW El Bala and 200-MW Miguillas also amongst facilities being developed within Bolivia.

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