Executives from Ende Valle Hermoso SA and Sinohydro participated in the delivery ceremony for the diversion channel of the 290.2-MW Ivirizu Hydroelectric Project in Bolivia on Oct. 11.
EVH is a subsidiary of Empresa Nacional de Electricidad S.A. (Ende).
According to BNamericas, the Ivirizu Hydroelectric Project includes the construction of the largest dam in the country and two hydroelectric plants (Sehuencas and Juntas) with a combined total maximum power of 290.2 MW.
Ivirizu is located in the Cochabamba Department (province of Carrasco), inside Carrasco National Park. The diversion of the Ivirizu River plays a very important role in construction of the Sehuencas Dam because it will allow the passage of water with a return period of 10 years (flow of 467 m³/s) and verified for 25 years (flow rate of 570 m³/s), guaranteeing the safety of the works in this area and allowing dry work under the highest-quality standards during the placement of roller-compacted concrete (RCC) in the Sehuencas Dam.
“When we assumed the management of EVH, we knew of the great challenges to which we were going to be exposed,” said Eng. René Raúl Chávez Suárez, general manager of EVH. “One of them was to reactivate the Ivirizu hydroelectric project. We know that it was not easy but with the support of all, contractors, supervision, inspection and the support of the energy ministry, today we are here at this important milestone such as the diversion of the Ivirizu River. We are talking about one of the largest projects in the country. We are talking about the largest hydroelectric plant in Bolivia.”