Contract for 150 MW Coal Plant Rescinded

Nearly seven years after the work was awarded, the contract with the Guatemalan CECHSA for the construction of a 150 MW coal plant in Honduras has been cancelled.

Monday, June 30, 2014

After several years of problems obtaining financing without making any progress in the work, Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica de Honduras has decided to formally terminate the contract with the Comercializadora de Electricidad de Centroamérica de Honduras S.A, to whom it had awarded the work directly during the administration of Manuel Zelaya.

"...The plant was to be built in Trujillo, Colón, with an estimated $450 million investment, with an estimated three million dollars per megawatt . In its first phase, the company awarded the contract was committed to supplying power using bunker fuel and from month 36, or the third year, electricity with coal would be generated. "

"...The energy emergency status approved in the Zelaya Rosales administration was questioned by various sectors of society, as many agreed there was time to prepare an international tender and in that way obtain better prices per kilowatt. "

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