Chaparral Dam Construction Delayed

Due to project delays Salvadoran regulators are examining the possibility to extend the original deadline for the opening of the hydro power plant.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


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Hydroelectric Executive Commission of Río Lempa (CEL), the concessionaire of the project, said the dam would begin production January 2015 and not January 2014 as originally planned.

"The delay of a year is due to damages caused by Tropical Storm Agatha in May 2010 when the dam site was flooded", reported Laprensagrafica.com. According to Astaldi, contracted by CEL for the project, since that date, geological instability has been detected on the right side of the dam.

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Two Additional Years to Redesign El Chaparral

June 2011

The Salvadoran regulator has granted a period of two years for the submission of a redesign of the project, currently on hold.

Hurrican Agatha caused the river to overflow, flooding the construction site at the place where they were preparing to build a concrete structure.

Geological Faults at Chaparral Hydroelectric Plant

January 2011

The problems detected could lead Cel and the Astaldi consortium, responsible for the project, to submit for international arbitration.

The faults which threaten the foundations of the dam were detected after Storm Agatha, halting all works at the site.

The Executive Committee of the Lempa River Hydroelectric Plant (Cel) and the Italian consortium Astaldi, before heading for arbitration, hired an international expert to determine who has the responsibility to cover the additional costs of a possible plant redesign.

Construction Halted at Chaparral Hydro Power Project

June 2010

In El Salvador, tropical storm Agatha has caused floods which forced the contractor to temporary suspend the construction of this hydroelectric power plant.

The storm caused a flood in the working area close to the river, were the builder was reading a cement structure.

El Chaparral Hydro Power Plant in 2013

August 2009

The president of CEL announced that the project is going according to schedule, and will be ready in January 2013.

Nicolás Salume, president of the Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River (CEL), added that January 3rd, 2013, is the deadline for the builder to deliver the project.

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