Argentina starts 2 tenders for renewable energies

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Argentina Energy department two tenders for the purchase and installation of solar panels to generate electricity in 406 rural schools in the provinces of La Pampa, Santiago del Estero and Salta.

The tenders are part of the Renewable Energy Project in Rural Markets (Perm).

“Perm allows us to provide the Argentines with energy with a federal, efficient and environmentally sound strategy,” said Energy Minister Darío Martínez in a statement.

The first tender (1/2021) concerns the supply of photovoltaic modules and internal installations for 260 rural schools in Salta and will be divided into four blocks where companies can bid for some or all.

Interested companies have until May 10th to submit their proposals, which will be opened on the same day. The contract is awarded after an analysis of the technical, financial and execution capacities of the companies.

The second tender (2/2021) concerns the delivery of photovoltaic modules and indoor installations in 145 rural schools in Santiago del Estero and one in La Pampa.

The tender will be divided into three blocks for Santiago del Estero and a single block for La Pampa. Interested companies have until May 10th to bid on some or all of the blocks.

According to official estimates, the development of these projects will require a total investment of nearly US $ 19 million. The work is financed in equal parts by the Federal Government and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).

In 2015, the World Bank’s finance department approved a loan agreement with Argentina of up to $ 200 million to partially support Perm.

“With the project we want to solve the situation of energy poverty in the regions isolated from the power grid and offer a solution that contributes to inclusion and development,” said Federico Basualdo, State Secretary in the field of electrical energy.

With the announcement of the new tenders, the government wants to resume the process initiated in 2019 (auction 5/2019 and 6/2019) by the government of former President Mauricio Macri, which was canceled around 15 months later at the end of February.

As reported by BNamericas, the Department of Energy decided to repeal both tenders “for reasons of opportunity, merit and convenience” by Resolutions 126 and 127.

The real reason for the cancellation was that the contracts could not be awarded due to an error in the terms of the tender, a source familiar with the matter who requested anonymity told BNamericas.

In these tenders, the energy department received eight offers for the delivery of solar panels and internal installations to rural schools in Salta.

Coba, NewsanGamma solutions, Mega, Coradir, Sistemas Energéticos – VZH, Todo Obras, Proyección Electroluz and Tre Peru submitted bids in Call 5/2019, which had an estimated budget of $ 13.5 million.

In tender 6/2019, the Macri government received nine offers for the provision and installation of similar devices in La Pampa and Santiago del Estero.

The offers came from Projection Electroluz, Tre Peru, Coba, Argencobra, Coradir, Best Hospitals, Newsan – Gamma Solutions, Sistemas Energéticos – VZH and Evarsa. The estimated budget was $ 7.34 million.

With the new tender, the government of President Alberto Fernández wants to cut the budget that his predecessor had earmarked for the construction of the same projects by 9%.

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