Peru to seek studies of Olmos project's irrigation system

Peru's investment agency plans to recruit consultants to conduct studies of water delivery and distribution for irrigation as part of the giant Olmos multi-purpose project.

Agencia de Promocion de la Inversion Privada (ProInversion) intends to solicit consultants to prepare: feasibility studies of the project works for conducting and distributing water for irrigation; a master plan for the zone of influence of the irrigation system in seven river basins; and an update of environmental and social impact studies.

ProInversion previously awarded a US$6.1 million contract to a consortium of Coyne et Bellier of France and Peru firms Lahmeyer Agua y Energia and Alpha Consult to supervise the initial phase of the irrigation and hydroelectric project. In April, it took bids from firms to build one or more hydropower plants, which have been estimated to involve 600 MW of capacity. (HNN 12/8/06)

The initial phase of the project currently includes building a 15-kilometer Transandino Tunnel and the first stage of Limon Dam, diverting 2.05 million cubic meters of water per year from the Huancabamba River, in the Atlantic Basin, through the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Basin, where it will be used for hydropower and irrigation. Brazilian construction company Constutora Norberto Odebrecht S.A. was contracted to build the giant water transfer system.

ProInversion said it will publish solicitations as they become available. Prospective bidders are invited to seek additional information from Agencia de Promocion de la Inversion Privada �Peru (ProInversion), Direccion Ejecutiva, Attn.: Mario Hernandez Rubinos, Av. Paseo de la Republica 3361, 9 Piso, San Isidro, Peru; (511) 612-1200, extension 1317 and 1327; Fax: (511) 612-1210; E-mail: olmos_bid@proinversion.gob.pe; Internet: www.proinversion.gob.pe. E-mails sent to ProInversion should include a copy to Gobierno Regional de Lambayeque at gpi@peot.gob.pe.

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