Egasa’s proposed 21.5-MW Charcani VII small hydro complex receives environmental approval

The 21.5-MW Charcani VII small hydro complex is one step closer to being built thanks to recently acquired approval from environmental authorities in Peru.

Empresa de Generacion Electrica de Arequipa (Egasa) plans to build the US$60 million run-of-river plant in the country’s southern Arequipa region, according to BNamericas. Charcani VII will use water discharged from the company’s Charcani VI plant and supply electricity to the national grid.

DGAAE, the Ministry of Energy and Mines’ environmental affairs office, said Egasa “responded to all technical and legal observations” for the complex but that this approval “does not constitute the granting of other authorizations or permits the company must secure.”

Works would include a 4.75-km-long water supply tunnel and construction would take two years.

Just last year, the ministry declared the request to build Charcani VII was inadmissible for approval due to information missing from Egasa’s submittal.

Other recent small hydro activity in Peru involves the commercial operation of three small hydro plants: Angel I, Angel II and Angel III.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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