Ecuador begins full operation of 230-MW San Francisco

President Rafael Correa participated June 19 in the inauguration of the completed 230-MW San Francisco hydroelectric project on the Pastaza River in Ecuador’s central Andean highlands.

Project operator Hidropastaza launched full operation of the project eight months ahead of schedule. Correa’s predecessor, President Alfredo Palacio, inaugurated the first 115-MW unit of the project in one of his final acts before leaving office in January. (HNN 1/22/07)

Brazilian construction company Norberto Odebrecht built the US$302 million project, while Brazilian units of Alstom and VA Tech Hydro supplied turbine-generators. Brazil’s national development bank, BNDES, helped finance most of the project.

San Francisco uses flow releases from the 156-MW Agoyan hydro plant through a series of tunnels and caverns. Agoyan’s operator, HidroAgoyan, also is to operate San Francisco.

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