Ecuador showing interest in resuming Abitagua project

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Ecuador’s stalled Abitagua hydropower plant could be back in development soon, following an invitation from Corporacion Electrica del Ecuador for companies to resume several necessary prefeasibility studies.

Celec documents show the state-owned operator has asked Deshydro, Lombardi-Andina, Geodinamica and Technoproject to perform technical, environmental, economic and social impact assessments.

The goal, according to Celec, is to obtain a concession for the 198-MW Abitagua from Ecuador’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MEER) sometime later this year.

The proposed plant would be built between Tungurahua and Pastaza provinces on the Pastaza River, downstream from the existing 230-MW San Francisco complex.

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