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UPDATE - Guatemala again extends bid date for 180-MW Xalala

Guatemala utility Instituto Nacional de Electrificacion (INDE) again extended the deadline for bids to build the 180-MW Xalala hydroelectric project on Guatemala's Chixoy River. Bids now are due November 6.

INDE previously extended the deadline to July 31. (HNN 3/4/08) It originally sought bids by March 31 for studies and development of the project on a build-operate-transfer basis.

The estimated US$350 million to US$400 million project is to be built on the border of Quiche and Alta Verapaz departments. Although 180 MW has been the described project capacity, bid documents described the project as about 200 MW.

INDE General Manager Marinius Boer said the utility seeks an international company with ample experience to contribute 80 percent of the project investment. The remainder would come from Guatemalan investors. INDE is to award a 30-year power purchase contract to the winning bidder.

Studies to be performed over two years are to include technical, social, and environmental details to be incorporated into a feasibility study of the project. Construction is to require another three years.

Terms of reference are available on INDE's Internet site, www.inde.gob.gt, and on Guatemala's tender Internet site, www.guatecompras.gob.gt. Under the new schedule, interested parties may submit questions until September 8.

Bids are due by 10 a.m. November 6. A winning bidder is to be announced by November 27.

For information, contact Instituto Nacional de Electrificacion, Gerente de la Empresa de Generacion de Energia Electrica, 7a Avenida 2-29, Zona 9, Edificio Central del INDE, N 1- C.P. 01009, Guatemala City, Guatemala; (502) 2-4221800; Fax: (502) 2-4222040; E-mail: consultasxalala@inde.gob.gt; Internet: www.inde.gob.gt.

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