Minera Panama Could Double Electricity Generation

The company has said it is not ruling out expanding the capacity of power generation at the coal-based plant from 300 MW to 600 MW.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The announcement was made by the country manager of the company, Todd Clewett, who confirmed to Capital.com.pa that the land where the plant is located has enough to size double the floor space if required.

The plant, which is part of the Cobre Panama project, uses coal as a fuel source, and the company expects to start operation in 2017 to produce for all of the national electricity system.

In the same article Clewett warned that "... any expansion of the plant would have to be subject to approval from the national authorities. So far, it has not been discussed when or how such an expansion would take place and therefore the priority is the construction of the plant as it was approved as part of the Cobre Panama project", ie, generating 300 MW.

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