Public-private Partnerships for Energy in Honduras

The state lacks the funds needed to keep power plants operating.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The way some of the country's hydroelectric plants have been handled has led to an increase in rumors about a possible "informal" privatization of Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE).

"The case is illustrated by an agreement that the former manager of Enee Roberto Martinez signed with the company PHP, which allowed PHP to generate four to six megawatts in parallel with the state run power station El Níspero, which has a plant that generates 22.5 megawatts."

" ... Due to the volume of the reservoir it will be impossible Níspero for both plants to operate simultaneously. PHP intends to stick to the pressure pipe, it will take the water for generation and end up paralyzing the El Níspero station, which provides energy during peak hours of the day," said Siegfried Sandoval, from the College of Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineers of Honduras.

Sandoval said unofficially that a private firm will install a fifth turbine at the El Cajon hydroelectric plant.

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No Money for Hydroelectric Station Patuca III

April 2015

The 105 MW hydroelectric project which the Honduran government promised five years ago has still can not materialized due to lack of funding.

Although in November the government announced that it had signed a $297 million loan with the government of China , the funds have not yet materialized and the estimated project reactivation date is unknown.

New Hydro Station in Guatemala

March 2012

Located in Alta Verapaz, the Santa Teresa Hydroelectric Plant is capable of generating 16.4 megawatts (MW).

The hydroelectric plant is part of the Energy Division of Corporación Multi Inversiones.

"The energy produced by the station can supply approximately 25,000 households with an average consumption of 250 kilowatt hours a month, said the company’s public relations office .

Honduras Seeks Solutions to Energy Crisis

September 2011

The National Electric Power Company has signed an agreement with the company pHp Energy International, for the generation of hydroelectric power in a portable manner.

A press release from the Presidency of the Republic of Honduras reads:

In the west of the country, an emergency has been declared, but with this firm, a valuable contribution has been attained which will overcome the problem for the population in that region.

Taiwan Completes Studies for Patuca III Hydro Power Plant in Honduras

May 2010

The government of Taiwan delivered the required technical and engineering studies for building the hydroelectric power plant Patuca III.

Roberto Martín, Lozano, head of the National Energy Corporation (ENEE), explained that they are devising the project’s financial model: “for this the Government has some resources, we could maybe enter a public-private alliance”, he said.

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