El Salvador utility completes hydro modernization program

El Salvador utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) reports it has completed a US$64.4 million modernization program at four hydroelectric projects in the Rio Lempa Basin.

CEL spokesman Ramon Moreno told Business News Americas the program, which began in 1999, was completed with the US$15 million revamp of the 157-MW Quince de Septiembre hydroelectric project to 180 MW. (HNN 5/2/07)

Work included refurbishment of generator coils and governors, rehabilitation of intake gates, replacement of excitation systems, overhaul of transformers and replacement of control panels. CEL awarded a rehabilitation and modernization contract for the project to Consorcio Alstom Brasil Ltda.-C.V. Ingenieria Asociada S.A. Sargent &Lundy L.L.C. supervised equipment installation.

The modernization program included increasing capacity of the 15-MW Guajoyo project to 19.7 MW, 81-MW Cinco de Noviembre to 99.4 MW, and 135-MW Cerron Grande to 172.8 MW.

Earlier this year, the Inter-American Development Bank recruited consultants to perform dam safety studies for Quince de Septiembre, Cerron Grande, and Cinco de Noviembre.

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