Tender: Procurement Begins For Large-Scale Bolivia Hydro

Bolivian energy authorities launched bidding to advance development of a hydroelectric project in Cochabamba department that will have an installed capacity of almost 300MW. The plant would be located in Carrasco province with a projected inauguration scheduled 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.

Earlier this year, Bolivia's legislative assembly approved a bill that declares of national interest and priority development of the Ivirizu hydroelectric project in Cochabamba department.

In September, Bolivia's President Evo Morales presided over the signing of a contract for US$550mn between central bank BCB and state power company Ende to finance construction of the project.

First Tender

The first of two calls for the Ivirizu complex is for construction of the Sehuencas dam and access roads, and supply, installation and startup of hydromechanical equipment, according to a procurement notice from state power generator Eléctrica Valle Hermoso (EVH), a subsidiary of state power...

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