The Spanish engineering services provider, TSK Ingeniería y Electricidad S.A. has secured a contract for the construction of the Oruro solar plant, a 50 MW solar park to be developed in the department of Oruro, western Bolivia.
The project was tendered by the local government in April 2016. In June, local state-owned power utility, ENDE revealed it had received bids from 16 developers for the projects.
Among others, there was the Solairedirect Consortium, comprised of Isotron, Power China Guizhov Engineering Corp., Powerchina Zhangnan Engineering, Sacyr Fluor, TSK Electronics and Electricity S.A.; Prodiel S.L., including Engineering and Construction Santa Fe S.A; Ensacruz Ltda; Grupotec y Asociados; CCC; and the Yingli Consortinm, Efacec.
The Bolivian government said in a press release that the plant will be built on 72 hectares near the community of Ancotanga, in the municipality of Caracollo, Oruro; and will cover almost half of the energy demand of the entire city of Oruro.
Project investment will total $ 54.7 million, and the financing will be granted by the French Development Agency, the European Union and the Central Bank of Bolivia.
In his statement, Bolivian President, Evo Morales, who was present at the signing of the contract between ENDE and TSK, said that the second phase of the project will require another investment of approximately $40 million, and will provide another 50 MW of power.
This is the second large scale solar project installed in Bolivia. The Uyuni solar plant, which is being built in the Uyuni region, in the Antonio Quijarro province, should be connected this March.