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Bolivia's President Evo Morales on Thursday launched formal operations of the 120MW Misicuni hydro plant (pictured) in Cochabamba department that will supply the national grid.
State power company Ende developed the 954mn-boliviano (US$138mn) complex which boasts three 40MW Pelton type units and will be operated by subsidiary Corani.
Misicuni is part of the government's push to reduce thermoelectric output.
Other planned hydros are Banda Azul (134MW), Cachuela Esperanza (990MW), Carrizal (347MW), Chepete-Bala (3,676MW), Ivirizu (280MW), Molineros (132MW) and Rositas (600MW). Authorities envision exporting surplus from the plants.