Vattenfall consultancy to engineer Panama’s 223-MW Changuinola 1

Vattenfall Power Consultant of Sweden has won a contract for detailed engineering of civil works for the 223-MW Changuinola 1 hydroelectric project on Panama’s Changuinola River.

Changuinola 1 is being developed in Bocas del Toro Province by AES Changuinola, a unit of AES Corp. of the United States.

Vattenfall Power Consultant is to perform the work as a subcontractor. Project works will be undertaken by a consortium of Danish companies E. Pihl &Son and MT Hojgaard, as Changuinola Civil Works Joint Venture, and Alstom of Brazil.

Changuinola 1 is to include a 90-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam, power intake, 4,300-meter pressurized headrace tunnel, powerhouse, switchyard, substation, and a mini-hydropower plant at the dam foot.

Vattenfall Power Consultant Executive Vice President Jacob Lundberg said July 6 the contract award is a result of the company’s previous work on AES’ 122-MW Esti project. (HNN 1/9/07)

Civil work already has begun on access roads, camps, and excavation. When complete in 2010, the project is to generate more than 1,040 GWh per year.

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