Paraguay awards transmission work amid demand uptick

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Paraguayan energy authorities have awarded power transmission projects for close to US$70mn to shore up electricity dispatch.

Consorcio Citeco (CIE-Tecno Electric) picked up a US$41.2mn, 15-year lease contract for the 220/66/23kV Concepción II substation, according to state power company Ande.

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The other bidders in the international call were Barrail Hnos. Constructora, Concret-Mix, Consorcio del Norte and Ocho A.

For its part, Concret-Mix won a US$24.5mn, 540-day contract for the Buey Rodeo substation and interconnection, which Latin American development bank CAF and the Opec Fund for International Development will finance.

The other participants in this international tender were 14 de Julio, Barrail Hnos. Constructora, CIE, Consorcio Cerro Corá, Consorcio Electrico, Consorcio Guarambare, Consorcio Rio Paraguay, Ocho A and Rieder.

A decision has yet to be issued in the procurement process for a US$124mn project to reinforce distribution in capital Asunción's metropolitan area and Central department.

YPANÉ HYDRO

Information from Ande also reveals that the second call for bids to tap the hydroelectric potential of the Ypané river was declared void after no offers were submitted.

According to preliminary information, the plant would boast 10MW and cost an estimated US$40mn.

Information on whether a new process would be launched was not disclosed.

Also read Operator Series: Ande's power generation plans

DEMAND

Itaipu Binacional, operator of the 14GW Itaipu hydroelectric dam on the Brazil-Paraguay border, reported that the plant supplied 2,690GWh to Ande in the first two months of the year, up 23.2% from January-February 2016 and a 56.3% increase from the same period in 2015.

SOURCE: Itaipu Binacional

Itaipu also reported that it signed a sustainable water and energy solutions agreement with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs as part of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development commitments.

Also in Paraguay, the public works ministry announced that the country is now a full member of the International Renewable Energy Agency and that an inter-institutional workgroup will discuss adjustments needed in April to enact the regulation for a bioenergy decree, in particular the role of biomass.