Argentina to publish 18GW hydropower timeline

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Argentina's energy and mining ministry plans to publish by year-end a "critical vision" for 55 hydroelectric projects at varying stages of development totaling 18,440MW.

The objective is to identify the most attractive projects and define a timeline for their completion, ministry sources were reported as saying by state news service Télam.

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Projects include the controversial, long-delayed Kirchner and Cepernic dams planned for the Santa Cruz river, which will have a combined installed capacity of 1,310MW, as well as the 641MW Chihuido I dam envisioned for the Neuquén river.

The "jewel" of Agentina's hydropower portfolio is the 3,500MW Corpus dam proposed for the Paraná river, according to a source from Ebisa, the Argentine state-owned utility tasked with commercializing energy from the Salto Grande and Yacyretá dams.

Argentina shares Salto Grande with Uruguay and Yacyretá with Paraguay. Corpus would also be shared with Paraguay.

The 55 projects comprise four with a capacity greater than 1,000MW, eight between 500MW and 1,000MW, 20 between 100MW and 500MW, and 23 between 50MW and 100MW.