Barriers to 670 MW Gas Plant

According to the Panama Canal Authority, NG Power only has permission to build a 130 MW plant, so it will have to go through a new procedure if it expects to develop the 670 MW plant, as planned from the beginning.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The permit requested by Panama NG Power and approved by the Canal Board in 2011, is for two generators of up to 45 MW each and a third steam generator of up to 40 MW, which together total 130 MW.

However, the energy project that is subject to Law 19 of June 11, 1997 and Law 21 of July 2, 1997, and that because it is developed on the banks of the Panama Canal must be compatible with the aquatic operation approved by the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority, contemplated from the beginning the construction of a 670 MW plant.

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There are options to take the project forward. reviews that "... The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) points out that if NG Power is interested in developing a 670 megawatt plant, it must apply to the Reverted Goods Administrative Unit (UABR), so that if such entity considers it convenient, it may request the ACP's approval of the modification of the March 2011 resolutions, which approved the compatibility permit and the authorization for the use of water and riverbanks for the Project."

The article adds that "... Another option for NG Power, says the ACP, is to ask UABR to submit an express waiver of the compatibility permit and water use authorization, and request a new permit and authorization for the project."

The project has faced several difficulties to be developed, including the cancellation of the license by the National Public Services Authority. Read here the history of this process.

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