Geological Faults at Chaparral Hydroelectric Plant

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

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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.

Daniel Choto reports in his article at Elsalvador.com," To prevent a biased resolution in favor of any of the two companies, Cel and Astaldi have decided to hire the expert jointly, so that, in the shortest time possible, a technical geological analysis of the problem area gets done, determining what happened, what is the possible solution and who has the responsibility to provide additional investment."

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CEL’s Problems with Contractors

May 2012

The Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River in El Salvador is generating recurring conflicts with international companies who they have contracted.

"The administration of the Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River (CEL) is still creating expenses for Salvadorans both because of a lack of investment as well as the international arbitrations it has caused, for which it had to pay millions in compensation, and what is more, it is likely to continue to incur expenses in the 'conflict resolution'," according to an article Laprensagrafica.com.

Chaparral Dam Construction Delayed

February 2011

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

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.

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.

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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