Mexico utility renews support for 900-MW La Parota

The chief executive of Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) said May 18 the Mexican national utility intends to proceed with construction of the 900-MW La Parota hydroelectric project as soon as local conditions permit.

CFE Chief Executive Officer Alfredo Elias gave the assurance in a meeting with Gov. Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo of Guerrero State. The officials met to discuss the status of the project, on the Papagayo River in Guerrero State.

A tender for La Parota has been held up by local opposition groups who say it would displace tens of thousands of peasants from ancestral lands. A local judge ruled one of 19 local assemblies granting the permission to build La Parota was conducted illegally. Dam supporters are appealing.

Elias said La Parota remains in CFE’s program of works and investments for 2005-2014 and that work will be restarted as soon as local conditions permit. The officials emphasized the importance of La Parota to the national electricity system and to Guerrero, which will receive diverse economic and social benefits.

For information, contact Comision Federal de Electricidad, Eugenio Laris Alanis, Director de Proyectos de Inversion Financiada, Paseo de la Reforma 164, Piso 14, Colonia Juarez, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mejico, Distrito Federal 06600 Mexico; (52) 55-57050601; E-mail: eugenio.laris@cfe.gob.mx; Internet: www.cfe.gob.mx.

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