Guatemala adds 190 MW to the Power Grid

The start of operations of four generation plants during the first quarter of 2011 will add 190 MW to the electrical system.

Monday, September 20, 2010

This will be a result of a $410 million investment in the construction of four plants (one coal-based and three hydroelectric).

Romeo Rodriguez, Minister of Energy and Mines, explained that the first to start operations will be the one by Duke Energy Company, which will add 84 MW to the system.

"By the first quarter of 2011, hydroelectric power plant Palo Viejo should start operating, adding 84 MW to the system. This plant required an investment of $200 million, making it the fourth largest after Chixoy Hidroxacbal and Aguacapa", reported

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Operations have started at the Torito hydroelectric power plant, owned by the Spanish company Gas Natural Fenosa, which invested more than $190 million in the new plant .

The proposed construction and operation of the plant was awarded in 2008 by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) to Gas Natural Fenosa, which will operate for a period of 20 years through its subsidiary Global Power Generation (GPG).

Nicaragua Grants Hydroelectric Power Licenses

January 2011

The government granted licenses to two companies for operation and maintenance of two hydroelectric power plants.

The permits were granted to Hidroeléctrica Piedra Puntuda S.A. and to Energía Tropical Sostenible Cerro Frío S.A.

"The first permit is for project Piedra Puntuda, which will build a hydropower plant with an installed capacity of 15 megawatts at Mico River, in the municipality of Muelle de los Bueyes, in the Southern Caribbean ... The second permit is for Las Cañas Hydroelectric Plant, in the northern province of Matagalpa and includes the construction of a hydroelectric plant of 1.47 MW of installed capacity, which will use the Yasica river, affluent of the Tuma River ... " states the article in EFE.

Palo Viejo Hydro Plant Delayed 6 Additional Months

March 2010

The 84MW hydroelectric power plant will start operating in July 2011.

It was originally scheduled for the end of 2010, but after conducting an inspection of the construction site, the Energy Ministry announced it will be postponed 6 months.

Romeo Rodríguez, head of the ministry, stated that “7 hydro plants and a coal one could begin operations this year”.

Guatemala: "El Cobano" Hydro Power Plant Authorized

August 2009

"El Cobano" hydroelectric power plant will be developed in the Guanagazapa municipality and will start operations in 2010.

The plant will add some 9 MW to the grid, said Romeo Rodríguez, Energy and Mines Vice Minister.

Rodríguez also stated that "the plant will be installed in the Guanagazapa Municipality, making use of the discharge of rivers María Linda and Chapetón", reports

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