UPDATE – Argentine group to invest in hydro, thermal power

Energy group Sociedad Argentina de Energia S.A. (Sadesa) plans to invest US$650 million over the next five years to increase energy supplies in Argentina.

Sadesa Managing Director Horacio Turri said March 8 that US$500 million would fund a hydroelectric project in the Andes, while US$150 million would be used to increase the generating capacity of the 2,165-MW Central Puerto thermal plant, which Sadesa controls.

“The group has made the decision to considerably increase the supply of generated energy in the next five years,” Turri told a news conference following talks with officials from the government.

Sadesa bought a controlling stake in Central Puerto last November. It also acquired from Argentina’s Petrobras Energia and French energy company Total a controlling interest in Hidroneuquen, which holds 59 percent of the 1,400-MW Piedra del Aguila hydroelectric project on Argentina’s Limay River. (HNN 2/5/07)

Argentina, Latin America’s No. 3 economy, is working to avert energy shortages as demand surges along with economic growth, which reached about 9 percent in each of the last four years. Supplies have been limited by low investment and near-frozen tariffs since a 2001-2002 economic crisis.
(Deleting reference to CMS Energy El Chocon deal)


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