Peru utility sees August work start for 302-MW Molloco hydro

Peru utility Empresa de Generacion Electrica de Arequipa S.A. (Egasa) expects to begin construction in August of the 302-MW Molloco hydroelectric complex on Peru’s Colca River.

Egasa Chief Executive Adolfo de Cordova told state-run Andina news service that the first stage of the project is expected to generate 150 MW in the first two years of construction. The hydropower project is to be completed in 2013.

Egasa filed an environmental impact statement for the complex with Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines in March. (HydroWorld 3/26/09) Egasa received a concession from the ministry in 2007 to develop the US$665 million project in the Arequipa Region.

De Cordova said companies from Peru and Brazil have shown interest in building the project. He said Egasa expects to name a partner for the project soon.

The hydro complex is to include three dams, Machucocha, Molloco, and Japo, and two power plants, 144-MW Llatica and 158-MW Soro.

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