Consortium sole qualifier for Minas hydro contract

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ecuador's state power generation holding company Celec has completed the review of technical offers for the 50-month, US$29mn contract to supervise the detailed engineering, civil works construction, and equipment supply, installation and testing of the 275MW Minas San Francisco hydro project.

Consorcio Hidrojubones (Gas Natural Fenosa, Caminosca, Integral Ingenieros Consultores, Astec) was the only group of three to qualify, BNamericas has learned. The other bidders were Engevix-Geodata-Ingeconsult and Asociación Pypsa-Acotecnic.

Celec now will review the consortium's economic offer to determine if the contract is awarded later this month.

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Celec and Harbin Electric International signed the contract to build Minas in December with operations penciled in to begin end-2015.

The US$500mn project, planned for provinces Azuay and El Oro, will connect to the national grid via a 45km line. Components also include a 78m-high dam and three Pelton-type turbines.