Peru legislators revisit plans to build 790-MW Laguna Angel Cruz hydroelectric

Peru parliamentary group Alianza para el Progreso has introduced a bill to congress to declare of public interest the 790-MW Laguna Angel Cruz hydroelectric project in the Ancash region, which borders the Pacific Ocean.

According to BNamericas, an artificial lagoon would supply water to five power plants, after which the hydro resource would irrigate about 190,000 ha of new land in the desert area.

The legislators also envision that electricity production would support the installation of desalination plants to boost water supply for agriculture and human use. “The lack of surface water is tried to be supplied on the coast with artesian wells whose extraction is very expensive,” according to the authors of the bill.

The lawmakers argue that surplus power could be exported and have called on authorities to include the project in investment promotion agency ProInversión’s portfolio.

In 2009, BNamericas reported that congress’ energy and mines committee approved a bill introduced by the Apra party to declare of national interest a 2.07-GW hydro project also known as Laguna Angel Cruz. This initiative never went beyond the committee level.

In other news in Peru, Hydro Review reported last week that Empresa de Generación Eléctrica San Gabán (EGESG) awarded consultancy work for a project to optimize output at the 110-MW San Gabán II hydro plant.

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