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Work to further define the hydroelectric potential of the Madera river basin and principal tributaries shared by Bolivia and Brazil (see map below) is due to start in the coming weeks.
In a statement, Latin American development bank CAF said that WorleyParsons Engenharia won the 18-month contract that will fall under non-reimbursable technical cooperation with Bolivia's state power company Ende and Brazil state-run power holding company Eletrobras. The regional lender issued the call in January.
The goal is to identify the best alternative for Madera (Madeira in Portuguese) and stretches of the Mamoré, Guaporé/Itenez and Abunã rivers, and part of the Beni river in Bolivia, as well as Bolivian hydroelectric project Cachuela Esperanza.
Ende estimates potential Madera capacity at 3GW and 990MW for Cachuela Esperanza.
Also from Bolivia, the country's central bank made a seventh disbursement to Ende of 181mn bolivianos (US$26mn) for the 124MW San José hydroelectric project, associated transmission lines and substations.
Pictured: Beni river (CREDIT: Ende)