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Nicaragua names firms to build, equip 1.548-MW Wiwili

MANAGUA, Nicaragua 12/14/11 (PennWell) -- Nicaragua's energy and mines ministry has named two firms to build and equip the 1.548-MW Wiwili hydroelectric project in Jinotega Department.

The Ministerio de Energia y Minas took bids for the work in September.

The ministry awarded a US$5 million contract to Consorcio Llansa-Consovipe for construction of civil works and supply of pipe for the small hydro project in the town of Wiwili, 270 kilometers from Managua.

A separate contract worth US$2.48 million was awarded to Hidro Energia S.A. to supply generating equipment and accessories for Wiwili.

Ministry cancels bidding for four micro-hydro projects

The energy and mines ministry also announced cancellation of a solicitation to build and equip four micro-hydropower projects in the municipalities of Nueva Guinea and El Rama in Nicaragua's Region Autonoma del Atlantico Sur. The agency had called for bids in September.

In the current solicitation, the ministry issued a brief announcement saying tendering was declared void.

The agency had called for bids for construction of civil works and supply and installation of electro-mechanical equipment of four projects:
o 15-kW Las Iguanas in El Rama;
o 18-kW San Geronimo in El Rama;
o 17-kW Daniel Guido in Nueva Guinea; and
o 8-kW San Jose de Punta Gorda in Nueva Guinea.

With funding from Norway and Switzerland via the United Nations Development Program, Nicaragua plans to develop small-scale hydropower in areas outside the national power grid. The ministry recruited consultants in 2010 to perform pre-feasibility studies of 20 small hydropower sites in Nicaragua's Central and Atlantic regions.


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