Peruvian environmental authorities have approved the 392-MW Huallaga I hydroelectric plant, which would be built in the central Huanuco Region and cost about US$570 million.
The project is being developed by Central Hidroelectrica Huallaga Hydro, which is part of Madrid-based Grupo Ibereolica Renovables.
Approval does not constitute the granting of other authorizations or permits the company must secure, according to the environmental affairs office (DGAAE) of Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines.
The plant would take four years to build and use water from the Huallaga River. Components include a 183-m-high dam and a 10.8 km-long, 6.5-m-diameter water supply tunnel. The powerhouse will contain three 124-MW Francis turbine-generator units.
Central Hidroelectrica Huallaga Hydro began the process to develop the plant in 2015.
Grupo Ibereolica Renovables’ Peru development pipeline also includes hydro facilities Apurimac (180 MW) and Las Orquideas (20 MW).
In other hydro news in Peru, in September we reported on the environmental approval of the 21.5-MW Charcani VII small hydro complex.