Peru’s energy and mines ministry has authorized power company Electro Sur Este (ELSE) to advance three early stage hydroelectric projects.
According to BNamericas, ELSE received temporary concessions granting it 11 months to conduct feasibility studies for the Tintoc and Vilcabamba plants in Cusco region and the Pachachaca plant in neighboring Apurímac region.
The individual plant capacities were not disclosed, but the projects would mirror the power utility’s hydro plants in operation, with capacities up to 3 MW.
ELSE owns eight hydroelectric and two thermal plants. The hydro projects are:
In Cusco, 1.176-MW Chuyapi and 1.196-MW Hercca
In Apurimac, 1.604-MW Matara, 1.932-MW Chumbao, 580-kW Huancaray, 3.2-MW Mancahuara, 400-kW Vilcabamba and 200-kW Pocohuanca
ELSE is the principal electricity supplier in the southeast regions of Cusco, Apurímac and Madre de Dios and also provides power to Sucre province in Ayacucho region. ELSE is controlled by state business financing fund Fonafe.