Most of the concessions to build hydroelectric power plants in the rivers of Chiriquí were granted without paying fees, for 50 years.
Sometime later, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim entered the hydroelectricity market in Panama, offering almost $32 million for two of these concessions. This triggered a “hydroelectric fever”, with the creation of a secondary market between concessionaries and interested businessmen. In those private transactions the state didn’t earn a single cent.
In late 2005, AES began developing the Changuinola hydro power project and currently the project is in the phase of building the roadways to access that facility. The formal cornerstone laying ceremony took place on October 25, 2007.
The project's total completion represents an investment of approximately $563 million and the estimated date for the Changuinola hydro power plant to go into commercial operation is the first quarter of 2011. Through this new facility, AES contributes to the country's development and helps face the growing demand of energy in Panama, which requires an additional 50 MW each year.
The construction of the new Changuinola I Hydro Power Plant:
* is an asset to Panama
* will generate clean and 100% Panamanian energy
* will create opportunities for previously excluded populations
* will contribute to solve the country's energy situation
* will help Panama to continue growing
The construction and operation of the hydro power plant will be under the responsibility of AES, a multinational energy corporation with world-class standards and an active presence in Panama.
Operates in Panama
Phone: (507) 206-2600
The Central American Business Council is a London-based organisation which is working to increase significantly the current levels of trade and investment between the UK and Central America.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Central America and Dominican Republic
Phone: (0044) 207 583 8739
"Integral Energy Solutions" for both the domestic and commercial market. Our mission is to design, develop and install modern systems of renewable energy which support the environment.
Operates in Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2290 0668 - (506) 2290 2422
San Miguel Industrial Park is the only park that owns a construction and consulting company. We offer the Free Zone location with the perfect building to suit your manufacturing needs. Our flexible layouts allow an easy future growth. Because of this fact we can offer exactly what our clients need at a very competitive price. Clients can own a building or they can enter a lease agreement. Because of this flexibility many world known companies have chosen to work with us. We are licensed to build in Honduras providing the best free zone laws in the industry maximizing profitability.
Operates in Honduras and Honduras
Phone: (504) 2556-7373 - (504) 94510322
PRONicaragua, is the Nicaraguan Investment Promotion Agency, established in 2002. We are a non-profit, public-private institution whose mission is to generate economic growth and job creation in Nicaragua by attracting high-quality foreign direct investment. The Agency provides complimentary support services to qualified investors seeking investment opportunities in our country.
Operates in Nicaragua
Phone: (505) 2270 6400