Dominican Republic utilities to optimize small hydro production

Hydropower utility Empresa de Generacion Hidroelectrica Dominicana (EGEHID) and a sister transmission utility have agreed to cooperate to optimize production of small hydropower projects in the northern region of the Dominican Republic.

Directors of EGEHID and Empresa Distribuidora de Electricidad del Norte S.A. (EDENORTE) signed an agreement of mutual cooperation in rehabilitation of networks and construction of substations and infrastructure to improve the electricity sector, EGEHID said August 7.

EGEHID administrator Demetrio Lluberes Vizcaino said the agreement with EDENORTE means both utilities will evaluate optimizing production of EGEHID hydro projects 1.2-MW Baiguaque in Santiago, 800-kW Rosa Julia de la Cruz-Boba in Nagua, 700-kW Aniana Vargas in Bonao and 650-kW Salto de Constanza in Constanza. They also will evaluate operation of EDENORTE in those areas on financial terms, emergencies, breakdowns and other issues.

Lluberes Vizcaino said EGEHID recently signed a similar agreement with Distribucion Electrica del Sur (EDESUR) covering the southern region and plans to do the same with the eastern distribution utility, Empresa de Distribucion Electrica del Este (EDEESTE).

EGEHID took bids last year for dam design and construction of the 2-MW La Dos Bocas hydroelectric project. The Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidricos also is building the 18-MW Monte Grande hydro project in the Dominican Republic.

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