Force majeure delays startup of 51-MW Olmos 1 hydro in Peru to 2026

Peru’s energy and mines ministry has granted additional time to Sindicato Energético (Sinersa) to develop the US$91.3 million, 51-MW Olmos 1 hydro project.

According to BNamericas, Lima-based Sinersa requested that force majeure be declared due in part to the delay in granting of the construction license by the municipality of Kaà±aris in Lambayeque region.

Olmos 1 would use water from the Huancabamba River, and the powerhouse would contain two Pelton vertical turbines.

The new commercial operation start date is July 16, 2026, versus Oct. 7, 2020, under a first modification approved by the ministry in 2016.

The ministry has authorized its power director to sign the second modification with Sinersa, which inked the definitive concession for the project in 2013.

Construction has yet to begin, according to information from energy and mining investment regulator Osinergmin, which also highlights the impact of the state of emergency due to COVID-19.

Sinersa already operates several hydropower projects: 12.5-MW Curumuy, 15.4-MW Poechos I, 10-MW Poechos II and 20-MW Chancay.

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