Opposition to Thermal Electricity Expansion in Panama

Municipal authorities in La Chorrera reject the expansion from 96 MW to 156 MW of the thermoelectric generation capacity of the plant operated by Panam Generating.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Citing negative environmental impact on the area, the Municipal Council of La Chorrera has rejected the company's plans to install three new engines with 20 MW of power each in the thermoelectric power plant operating in the district of El Arado.

The resolution submitted by the council, said that '... the project could cause "negative environmental impacts, direct and indirect, cumulative and / or synergistic, of significance quantitative, and/or qualitative significance.'"

According to the notice of public consultation reported by Prensa.com, "... issued by the Panama Generating Ltd., three internal combustion engines of high technology will be installed.

The same publication reveals some negative aspects of the project, including altering air quality (particulate matter, gases and noise). In addition, soil being affected by solid waste, impacting the socioeconomic element. For all of these points the company has indicated mitigation measures. "



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