Panama Rejects Environmental Study of Thermal Plant

The Anam has rejected the environmental impact study presented by Energyst Rental Solutions Panama to build a 67 MW thermal power plant in La Chorrera, Panama Oeste.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The study was rejected because of "... Technical deficiencies, besides discrepancies, one linked with the coordinates given in the study." The National Environmental Authority (ANAM) states that "... The mitigation measures presented for handling liquid effluents are inadequate and were not included in the environmental management plan's commitments to offset impacts to private property."

Prensa.com reports that "... in the environmental impact study it states that 60 MW will be installed, setting up 42 Caterpillar D XQC1600 diesel generators, while in another section of this document it indicates that installed capacity is 67.42 megawatts with 44 power generators. It notes that due to the use of reports from the weather station at Tocumen airport (47 kilometers from the project), data for mathematical modeling is unreliable. "

"... A review of the coordinates by the Department of Geomatics for the Anam project sets a polygon of 1.02 hectares, although the EIA indicates 1.5 hectares, while Etesa certifies the use of 1.8 hectare of their land. "

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