Impsa in the dark over Los Blancos tender

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Argentine renewable energy firm Impsa is unaware when authorities in Mendoza province will make a decision on the 485MW Los Blancos hydroelectric project, a company spokesperson told BNamericas.

Bids in the tender for construction of the project, which will consist of two separate hydro plants on the Tunuyán river, were opened in November last year.

However, the Impsa spokesperson confirmed that the firm has no information on when a decision on the bid round will be made. The provincial government's department of public works, currently managing the tender, declined to comment when contacted by BNamericas.

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Impsa participated in the tender as part of a consortium with subcontracting firms Queiroz Galvão, Impreglio and Triunfio.

Two other consortiums are also involved in the bidding process: one made up of construction companies Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles and OAS; and the second, local firms Texca and Conper.

Estimates over the cost of the project have been put at 3.2bn pesos (US$820mn).