Next Energy Procurement in El Salvador

The tender for the purchase of 350MW for 15 years has to be repeated after having been declared void on the first occasion, and for the fourth time there will be a competition for the provision of 70MW for 5 years.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications (SIGET) must provide new tender condition documents, dealing with the main obstacle in previous contests, limiting bids to suppliers of electricity generated by renewable resources, exclusively gas or coal.

Another limiting factor to investment opportunities in electricity generation, is the prohibition established by the Mayor of La Union, for the installation of any kind of power plants. This has prevented progress of a project by AES El Salvador for the installation of a natural gas plant with an investment of nearly $1 billion.

The failure of the three previous tenders for the supply of 70 MW at 5 years was caused by the price offered by generators exceeding the limit set by SIGET.

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El Salvador : More than $900 million for Natural Gas Plant

November 2013

The consortium Quantum-GLU would be the winner of a long-term contract to supply 335 MW generated from a power plant that would be built by the company.

A statement from the National Energy Board reads:

The electricity distribution company DELSUR has made public the financial bids offered by two companies who submitted documents for the tender for 355 megawatts (MW) of power and associated energy, namely: Asocio Quantum-GLU and AES Fonseca Energía, who on October 1 submitted the information required to participate in the tender for the supply of power for 20 years.

El Salvador: Tender For 350 MW

January 2013

The new tender for the generation and supply of 350 MW has so far involved three companies, one of which is new to the market. reports that "DelSur’s CEO, Roberto Gonzalez, confirmed yesterday that three companies are interested in participating in the new tender for the project to generate 350 megawatts (MW) of energy and have already bought the documents.

El Salvador: Tender for 350MW Declared Void

March 2012

The process was unable to be completed after the withdrawal of offers from firms with capacity to generate electricity required.

The company DelSur on Monday declared void the tender for the generation of 350 MW, equivalent to one third of the El Salvador’s national demand, which it had planned to contract out for 15 years from 2016.

New Date for Tender for 350MW in El Salvador

January 2012

The General Superintendency for Electricity has set a new date, February 9th 2012, for the deadline for submission of bids for the long term supply of 350MW.

With this move the regulator has ruled in favor of the company Cutuco Energy who appealed against a change in the date.

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