SAN JOSE – Costa Rica utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) seeks offers from consultants to serve as hydropower expert on a panel reviewing preparation of hydroelectric and geothermal energy projects. Responses are due August 13.
The work is to be performed under a program financed by the Inter-American Development Bank to confirm the projects meet the expectations of the lender and to ensure Costa Rica has an adequate level of studies to guarantee expansion of the electricity sector to meet consumer demand.
The hydropower expert is to advise on studies of five proposed hydroelectric projects totaling 629.1 MW. They include feasibility studies of the 200-MW Savegre project on the Savegre River and the 58.6-MW RC 500 project on the Coton River; pre-feasibility studies of the 127-MW Ayil project on the Chirripo Atlantico River and the 80.5-MW Los Llanos project on the Naranjo River; and both feasibility and pre-feasibility studies of the 163-MW RG 430 project on the General River.
ICE took bids in 2011 for a topographic survey of the five projects, plus the 70-MW Brujo 1 and 60-MW Brujo 2 projects on the Savegre River, which are to be studied in a later phase of the program.
In addition to monitoring the study activities, the hydropower expert is to advise on implementation of the project studies with emphasis on geological and geotechnical issues.
The work is budgeted for the years 2012-2014 at US$34,100 per year.
Solicitation documents in Spanish may be obtained from the ICE website:
Offers in Spanish are due by 9 a.m. August 13 in a sealed envelope to Direccion de Proveeduria Corporativa ICE, Ventanilla Unica, Sabana Norte, 400 metros norte de la esquina este de las Oficinas Centrales, San Jose, Costa Rica. They also may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org but must be followed up by a hard copy of the offer within six days.