Chile launches new tender for Marga-Marga hospital

Chile's social development ministry has launched a new tender for the design and construction of the Marga-Marga provincial hospital close to Valparaíso.

The previous tender was declared void in February after the budget for the works was considered to be insufficient, preventing it from being awarded. The new tender raises the project budget to 109bn pesos (US$162mn).

Bids will now be opened will be on May 10, with the contract due to be awarded on September 26, according to the official tender bases.

The new hospital, which will be operated by the Viña del Mar-Quillota health service, is expected to have 258 beds, 50 for intensive care patients, nine operating theaters, three delivery rooms and 15 dialysis stations, among other features.

Call issued for Argentina-Chile interconnection studies

Studies are expected to begin this year as part of energy integration efforts between Argentina and Chile.

In December, Argentina's energy minister Juan José Aranguren and his Chilean counterpart Andrés Rebolledo discussed a transmission project linking Argentina's SADI grid and Chile's central SIC system.

The countries are already connected, via the Central Salta-Andes 345kV line which became operational in February 2016 and links SADI with Chile's northern SING grid. There were no exchanges in January, according to Chile's grid coordinator.

In the latest development, Latin America development bank CAFand Chile's energy ministry launched a call to study the economic dispatch benefits and regulatory aspects of interconnections, and alternatives.

Expressions of interest for the eight-month contract will be received through March 24,  according to reference terms.

ICT tender: Chile digital TV license call

Chile's national TV council has launched a tender for new digital TV licenses nationwide.

As part of the country's 2014 digital TV law, a total of 116 digital frequencies will be available for national, regional, local and community concessions, as reported by La Tercera.

The analog switch off is slated for April 2020.

Application forms can be downloaded via CNTV's website here. Queries can be sent to

There are currently 849 TV active concession licenses in Chile, which will be migrated to digital. Of all digital frequencies available, 40% must be reserved for regional, local and community content.

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