Honduras: Conditions Put On Italian Loan for Hydropower

Failure to comply with the conditions set by Italy is threatening the $32 million needed to finish off the Nacaome dam.

Friday, February 14, 2014

In March an Italian mission will be visiting Honduras to discuss the progress of the commitments agreed in order for a loan to be granted for the Nacaome dam. "The overall amount of funding for developing irrigation components, water and electricity is $160 million, of which $32.6 million will be for the construction of eight gates in the dam to generate 30 MW."

However, some situations are jeopardizing Honduras' access to this financing. Paolo Tedesco, the liaison to the Italian government for the project, explained that "they have not complied with the guarantee of water, as in the summer all of the generation of electrical energy is consumed, which jeopardizes the components for human consumption and irrigation. "

"The second commitment requested by Italy is the titration of 4,300 hectares of land for irrigation, where there has been little progress and what is required is that each of the 2,500 participating families has a title to their property."

At a meeting to be held next month "agreement will be made over the deadlines for fulfilling the commitments agreed by the parties. The Italian official said the meeting will be key to deciding the future of the $160 million ... ".

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