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President inaugurates Bolivia’s 69-MW San Jose II Hydroelectric Plant

Bolivian President Evo Morales has inaugurated the 69-MW San Jose II Hydroelectric Power Plant in the municipality of Colomi, department of Cochabamba.

The project will supply electricity to the National Interconnected System (SIN) and cost $149 million to build, according to BNamericas.

The President was accompanied by the Minister of Energy, Rafael Alarcon Orihuela, the Deputy Minister of Electricity and Alternative Energies, Bismar Canelas Revollo, the President of ENDE Corporacion, Joaquin Rodriguez, executives of the subsidiary companies, local authorities and more.

“As our economy grows, it is possible to meet the demand of our people. I congratulate on this occasion experts in the energy issue for orienting us, for advising us, for raising (this work) and we must continue to produce more programs, more projects for the good of our beloved Bolivia,” the President said.

Morales said the new complex will increase the country’s electrical capacity to 2,300 MW, meaning there will be a surplus since the internal demand is 1,500 MW.

San Jose II’s sister station, 55-MW San Jose 1, began operating in January 2018