Panama: Progess on Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Station

The construction of the 28 MW dam is 85% complete and testing operations are expected to begin by the end of 2014.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The company Generadora del Istmo S.A. (Genisa), in charge of construction of the project, reported that "... at the moment the physical progress of the dam body is 89% complete, while the spillway and the powerhouse are 87% and 57% complete, respectively, placing the overall progress of the project at 85%. "

With regard to environmental management of the project, Genisa noted that "... in the month of May 2014 the application process for ecological compensation permits was completed, having been approved by the National Environmental Authority (ANAM)." reports that "...Barro Blanco Hydroelectric station, once operational, will provide 28.56 MW of power which is needed to boost development of the country in the next 50 years. "

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