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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.
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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