Entresa asked to extend line bid deadline

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, May 12, 2005
The 10 or so firms that bought bidding rules from Nicaragua's state power transmission company Entresa for a turnkey contract to build a new transmission line have asked for a bidding deadline extension, bidding commission president Rodolfo López told BNamericas. The 150km, 69kV line will run from the Matiaguás substation to a new substation at Siuna. Investment would be some US$5mn and construction take a year. The line would supply grid power for the first time to an area of low population where power demand would come from gold mining operations, López said. Generation in the area is diesel-fired at present. As well as meeting mining and rural electrification demand, the line would make the development of a number of small-scale hydroelectric projects more feasible. Funds for the project will come from a US$88mn loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved in 1998 for a hybrid project including power transmission and rural electrification elements. Bids could now be submitted at the end of May, but the IDB will have to approve the final date, López said.

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