Mexican state utility plans for later startup of La Parota hydro project

Mexican utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) will start operations of the 900-MW La Parota hydroelectric project in Guerrero state in 2021- three years later than previously planned, according to energy ministry Sener’s recently released 2009-24 forecast.

The project has drawn fire due to allegations of high environmental and social impact.
In September, CFE said it was postponing, not canceling, the plant’s construction, Business News Americas reported. 

La Parota is in the “design stage,” the government reported. 

The project is to be built on the Papagayo River near Acapulco and will feature a 162-meter-high dam.
Mexico’s environmental rights center and communities’ council have opposed the project on the basis of CFE’s wide generation reserve margin, as well as the claim that it would affect 100,000 people in five municipalities and 36 villages.

Of the total, 25,000 people would be displaced, Business News Americas reported. 

The plant would generate an average annual 1.53TWh, according to the forecast.

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