New Hydroelectric Project in Guatemala

The Sismite hydroelectric project received the green light for a technical study from the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Director General of Energy of the MEM approved the use of the Montagua River by the company Generadora Nacional to build the Sisimite hydroelectric project.

Cristina Bonillo in Prensalibre.com wrote: "The Sisimite project envisages the construction of a plant generating less than five megawatts."

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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 Prensalibre.com.

Duke Energy to invest $45 million in Guatemala

July 2009

Construction of the San Cristobal hydroelectric in Alta Verapaz is scheduled to start in six months.

The project was originally won by Inver Energy, but this company was adquired by Duke Energy. Duke will carry on the project, expected to generate 600 jobs.

Urías M. Gamarro writes in Prensa Libre's website: "...construction on the Pam Pur river will take 24 months...

Guatemala to Build 3 Mini-Hydroelectric Plants

March 2009

With approximately $10 million in cooperation from Japan, the construction of 3 or more hydroelectric plants could ready by 2011.

Each hydroelectric plant would be built on the Cahabón River and would produce a minimum of 250 kilowatts, and construction would cost an average $500 thousand.

New Hydroelectric projects in Guatemala

November 2008

The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) authorized five new projects in August, two this week and expects to receive four more requests.

MEM authorized Inver-Energy's project (San Cristobal) located in San Cristobal Verapaz, Alta Verapaz, which would generate 19 megawatts of electricity; on Monday they authorized the Cuevamaria hydroelectric plant, which belongs to the Pasac Energy Resources company, and which will provide 9 megawatts to the system, and which will be built on the Salama River, in the municipality of Cantel, Quetzaltenango.

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