Finnish-built power plant to provide 50mw boost for El Salvador

A US$62.2 million expansion of the Talnique power station will add 50 megawatts to El Salvador's generating capacity.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Work is already underway on the second phase of the expansion and should be concluded by the first quarter of next year, said Nicolás Salume, president of the Río Lempa Hydroelectric Commission (Cel).
The expansion is being built under a turnkey contract by Finland's Wärstsilä. Finance is coming from Cel and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE).

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$35.5 million for Salvadoran Hydroelectric

April 2009

BCIE conducted the first disbursement of $35.5 million for the El Chaparral hydroelectric project.

As part of a $163 million loan to build the El Chaparral hydroelectric, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) will disburse the first $35.5 million on Thursday, April 23.

$150 Million to Expand Salvadoran Hydroelectric

April 2009

Tenders for the project to double the capacity of the "5 de Noviembre” hydroelectric will begin in 2010.

The Río Lempa Hydroelectric Executive Committee (CEL) is currently reviewing the feasibility study and it expects to complete this stage in June or July of this year. The tender for the project would be for 2010. They believe that the expansion work will take 3 years and cost $150 million.

El Salvador: Operations begin at Talnique Central Thermal Plant

January 2009

The expansion has been going on since March 2008 and the nine generators are scheduled to start commercial operations on March 9. reports that "The expansion at the Talnique thermal plant has been going on since March 2008 and the nine generators are scheduled to start commercial operations on March 9."

Works on the Central Hydroelectric plant begin in El Salvador

September 2008

President Elias Antonio Saca will place the first stone for the El Chaparral central hydroelectric plant that will mark the formal start of construction.

The initial investment, estimated to be $163 million, will be financed by the Central American Bank for Economic Intergration, as was recently confirmed by the president of the Rio Lempa Hydroelectric Executive Commission (CEL), Nicolas Salume.

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