Guatemala: Delays in Energy Projects

Delays in the construction of 45 power plants which have already been awarded are mainly due to social issues and permits.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

According to Edwin Rodas, Deputy Minister of Energy, 40% of these projects have been delayed because of financial issues, social problems and lack of permits for easements. Starting May 2015 these plants will have to supply power to Energuate and Empresa Electrica de Guatemala SA (EEGSA).

Stephany Davila from Energuate public relations office, said that although some plants are behind, there is still no application for an extension of the timeframe in accordance with the schedule of the contract.

Meanwhile Carlos Rodas, EEGSA's planning manager, said that two of the plants that have fallen behind have indicated that the reason is force majeure and it is being decided whether this is acceptable or not.

A total of 49 tenders have been awarded for the generation of long term power. "In these 820.45 megawatts were awarded, 19 in hydroelectric plants, one gas, one charcoal, one biomass, three wind, two solar and 22 hydro stations of under 5 MW. The latter three types can supply energy but not power ", reported Prensalibre.com.

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