Bolivia issues EIS call for US$1bn hydro

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Environmental impact study work for Bolivia's US$1bn 600MW Rositas hydroelectric project in Santa Cruz department is expected to begin this year.

State power company Ende issued a request for expressions of interest to prepare the EIS under a 240-day contract. Documents are due March 17, according to reference terms.

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Work includes holding public consultations and the design and proposal of prevention and mitigation measures.

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Rositas will take six years to build and use water from the Grande river. It falls under Bolivia's push to reduce thermopower dependence and advance electricity export plans.

Components include a surface machine house, a 162m-high dam and a reservoir covering 449km2 with capacity of 22,790hm3. Estimated average annual energy output is 2,917GWh.

For its part, Ende subsidiary Eléctrica Valle Hermoso extended to March 13 the deadline to submit offers in the bidding processes to carry out works for the 300MW Ivirizu hydro project.

Meanwhile, the senate approved documents signed between the government and Japan in September related to financing for up to 61.5bn yen (US$543mn) for geothermal project Laguna Colorada.