Bolivia official sees Russian interest in hydro development

A Bolivian energy official says a delegation from Russian power plant builder Technopromexport is visiting Bolivia in the coming days with an interest in developing hydropower projects in the South American nation.

Bolivia Electricity Superintendent Jerjes Mercado told the state-run Agencia Boliviana de Informacion that Technopromexport expressed interest in investing in Bolivian hydro. He said talks with the Russian firm began when a Bolivian delegation visited Moscow in December.

�Technopromexport indicated its maximum interest in coming to Bolivia and to construct hydroelectric plants,� Mercado said. �Yesterday we passed them the final data they requested of us.�

Mercado said the government presented the company information on the proposed El Bala hydro project, with a capacity estimated at 2,000 to 4,000 MW in northern La Paz Department; 400-MW Rosita in Santa Cruz; 800-MW Cachuela Esperanza on the Beni River in Beni Department (HNN 9/2/08); and the San Jose project in Cochambamba. He said Technopromexport was particularly interested in Cachuela Esperanza and Rosita.

In November, Technopromexport announced it plans to participate in construction of the 800-MW Sogamoso and 2,400-MW Pescadero Ituango hydroelectric projects in Colombia. (HNN 11/28/08)

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