Guatemala: $99 million Hydroelectric Project

The Environmental Impact Study has been presented for the construction of a 40 MW hydro station called "Central Project Rocjá Pontila" in the department of Alta Verapaz.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The company Proyecto de Desarrollo Integral Pontila S.A presented the environmental impact study to build a hydroelectric project in the Community of Rocjá Pontila, Municipality of Coban, Alta Verapaz.

In the study, which was submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources on July 30, 2014, it is indicated that the estimated cost of the project is $99 million.

According to data from the National Energy Commission, "... the project consists of four generating units with capacity of 10 MW, generating voltage of 13.8 kV, four power transformers with voltages of 13.8 / 69kV and power 12.5 MVA each and a line of approximately 12 km long with 69 Kv voltage".



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40 MW Hydroelectric Plant License Revoked

March 2020

The Guatemalan Ministry of Energy and Mines decided to revoke the license it had granted in early 2020 to the Rocja Pontilá hydroelectric project, in Coban, Alta Verapaz.

On Jan. 13, the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) approved the Rocja Pontila hydroelectric project, which was planned to be built on the Icbolay River and would have an installed capacity of 40 megawatts.

The 40 MW Hydroelectric Power Plant is suspended

February 2020

Arguing that the requirements established by law to issue a license were not met, the authorities in Guatemala decided to suspend the environmental permit for the Rocja Pontila Central hydroelectric project.

After the congressmen of the National Unity of Hope (Une) presented an unconstitutionality action against the hydroelectric project before the Constitutional Court (CC), arguing that Ministerial Agreement 019-2020 of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) violated 7 articles of the Constitution such as 1, 3, 12, 44, 66, 97 and 154, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) decided to cancel the environmental license.

Guatemala: 40 MW Hydroelectric Power Plant Endorsed

January 2020

The Ministry of Energy and Mines approved the Rocja Pontila Central hydroelectric project, which will be built on the Icbolay River in Alta Verapaz and will have an installed capacity of 40 megawatts.

The authorization for the hydroelectric plant owned by Proyecto de Desarrollo Integral Pontila, S.A., was issued in Agreement 019-2020 of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) dated January 13, 2020.

Guatemala: Another Hydroelectric License Suspended

June 2017

The Constitutional Court has temporarily suspended the environmental license granted to the 40 MW Rocja Pontilá hydroelectric project located in Cobán, Alta Verapaz.

The Court's decision is based on a case filed by members of the communities in the area near the lagoon of Lachúa, who argue that the Ministry of Environment granted permission to develop the project "anomalously."

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