Possible Hydro Station on Mexico - Guatemala Border

Both governments are considering building a 2000 MW dam on the Usumacinta river border, in northwestern Guatemala.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The authorities of the Guatemalan and Mexican governments are considering the possibility of building a dam on the border river, with investment being shared between the two countries, along with the energy produced.

The president of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina told Eleconomista.net that "... This is a project that has been under discussion since 1970 and 1980 but at that time there was a lot of resistance because there would have been floods and part of the territory of Mexico would have been inundated as well as Guatemala, but now there are not just generators using cascades but ones with technologies that do not need flooding. "

'... The project, which would generate 2,000 megawatts of power, was discussed during a meeting between the president of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, and the Secretary of Energy of Mexico, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, ... who took part in the Mesoamerican Energy Investment Summit which was also attended by authorities in the energy arena in Central America. "



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