Guatemala identifies 69 potential hydro sites

Government-owned utility Instituto Nacional de Electrificacion (INDE) has identified 69 hydroelectric projects totaling 2,754 MW that could be developed as part of a plan to increase Guatemala’s installed capacity by 125 MW per year.

A document released by INDE and reported by Business News Americas said the nation needs about 125 MW per year through 2020, when demand is expected to reach 3,125 MW.

To mitigate the increasing cost of thermal power generation, the government hopes to boost its hydropower development. To that end, INDE said it has identified 41 hydro projects of less than 15 MW with a combined capacity of 292 MW and another 28 medium and large projects totaling 2,462 MW.

For information, contact Instituto Nacional de Electrificacion, 7a Avenida, 2-29, Zona 9, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala; (502) 2-4221800; Fax: (502) 2-4222040; E-mail: relacionespublicas@inde.gob.gt; Internet: www.inde.gob.gt/inde.htm.

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