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IaDB seeks consultants for Brazil–Bolivia grid interconnector [free access]

June 6, 2018

The Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB), in partnership with Brazilian state-owned power company Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. (Eletrobras) and Bolivian state energy company Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE), has issued a request for proposal (RfP) to provide consultancy services to interconnect Brazilian and Bolivian grids. Recently, the three parties signed an agreement to support the process of grid interconnection between the two countries.


The cooperation is part of the dialogue on energy integration that the governments of Brazil and Bolivia began in 2007, with an agreed memorandum of understanding (MoU) reinforced in 2015. Given the levels of installed capacity and demand growth recorded in recent years in both countries, and the existing energy potential, interconnection could allow energy trading with the potential to reduce generation costs and improve the efficiency of equipment and respective power generation plants.


The services to be provided under the RfP include carrying out a study at the planning level for the grid interconnection alternatives between Bolivia and Brazil. It also aims to identify the required technical facilities for the configuration of the transmission infrastructure and carry out basic technical studies of the electrical interconnection. The estimated term for the execution of the consultancy is 15 months.


The IaDB, with support from ENDE and Eletrobras, will act as an executing agent and coordinator of technical cooperation. It will be responsible for hiring consultants to carry out the studies, which will be financed by all three entities. An Evaluation Committee will be established with representatives of the three institutions to establish criteria and evaluate the proposals submitted by the proposers, in accordance with the terms of reference.


The deadline for the bids is June 29, 2018.