Argentina's Neuquén province awards hydropower studies

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Argentina's Neuquén province awarded a 35mn-peso (US$2.2mn) contract to a group of firms to carry out feasibility studies for four hydroelectric projects totaling 1.25GW.

Consortium Intertechne-Hissa-HCA-Grimaux will have 16 months to carry out the studies for projects Cerro Rayoso, Huitrin, La Invernada and Pini Mahuida, all of which are envisioned for the Neuquén river basin.

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All three would be built upstream from the planned US$1.8bn Chihuido I dam, a project the administration of new President Mauricio Macri has reportedly put on hold in order to analyze its technical and financial viability.

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