Commercial startup of 84-MW La Virgen hydro in Peru delayed to 2021

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The commercial operation startup of the 84-MW La Virgen hydro project in Peru, originally planned for this year, is likely to be pushed back to early 2021, as La Virgen has requested an extension to January.

BNamericas reports that energy and mining investment regulator Osinergmin released this information. Construction began in January 2014.

The La Virgen hydro plant is in the central highland region of Junà­n and will use water from the Tarma River and connect to the national grid via the 63.5-km-long, 138-kV La Virgen-Caripa transmission line. The project features three HISA-WEG turbine-generator sets and ABB transformers.

Special purpose company La Virgen is controlled by Brazil’s Alupar in partnership with local company Peruana de Energà­a. The company said it requires additional time to complete repairs on the water supply tunnel.

In its fourth quarter 2019 results, Alupar highlighted that the project’s electromechanical equipment had been installed and dry tests conducted.

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