Elecaustro awards contract to update plans for 29-MW Ocana II hydro project

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Elecaustro, the Ecuadoran state power generator, has awarded a contract to update development plans for the 29-MW Ocaña II small hydro project.

According to BNamericas, the company selected local firm Raster Ingenieria de Proyectos, in a direct hiring process, to review the proposed plant’s definitive design and economic financial profile. The consultancy work is required because the project’s existing studies are more than five years old, according to Elecaustro.

The 60-day contract includes determining possible procurement and financing schemes and drafting an implementation timetable.

Ocaña II would be built in the Cañar river basin and downriver from the existing 26.1-MW Ocaña plant.

Elecaustro’s project pipeline includes the 50-MW Minas de Huascachaca wind farm and the 21.8-MW Soldados-Yanuncay hydro project.

The power producer’s installed capacity comes from five hydropower plants for a combined 66.6 MW, the largest of which is Ocaña, and the 19.2-MW diesel-fired El Descanso plant.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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