IDB funds upgrade studies for 1,890-MW Salto Grande hydropower plant

Financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will allow the Comision Tecnica Mixta Salto Grande (CTM) to study areas of potential improvements and modernization at the 1,890-MW Salto Grande hydroelectric plant.

CTM — a public bi-national entity of Uruguay and Argentina — will also use IDB‘s US$1.36 million in financing explore options in additional generation capacity and efficiency upgrades.

Salto Grande has been generating power since 1989, and IDB said “most of the equipment is reaching the end of its life cycle and requires replacement.”

The CTM study will not only examine Salto Grande’s 14 135-MW hydro turbines, but also the plant’s four substations and transmission lines.

The project is located on the Uruguay River along the Argentina/Uruguay border.

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