Argentina province to launch 216MW hydro tender

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Argentina's Mendoza province is due to launch a tendering process in one month for construction of the long-awaited Portezuelo del Viento hydropower project.

President Mauricio Macri affirmed the national government's commitment to the 216MW project at a meeting with Mendoza governor Alfredo Cornejo, a provincial government statement said.

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Of several early-stage hydroelectric projects planned for the province, Portezuelo del Viento is best-positioned to enter operation in the short-term, provincial energy and mining undersecretary Emilio Guiñazú said.

But this is not the first time a tender has been announced for the project.

Local news outlet La Politica Online reported that authorities have been making announcements about Portezuelo del Viento "at least once a year since 2006," when the project was first unveiled by the government of then president Néstor Kirchner.​

Portezuelo del Viento will be funded via the payment of existing debt that the national government owes to the province, Guiñazú said.

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