Peru tables energy conflict meeting

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A workgroup established last month in Peru to tackle energy social conflict issues in Cusco region is scheduled to meet next week.

In its latest social conflicts report, the country's ombudsman office said meetings are planned October 20 and 21 in Quillabamba to discuss the Santa Teresa II hydroelectric project.

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Local defense group Frente de Defensa, authorities and residents argue that the plant would negatively impact the flow of the Vilcanota river, as well as the environment, residents' health and tourism – as Santa Teresa would be in a buffer zone of Machu Picchu park, adds the document.

The report also highlights socio-environmental issues related to the Chadin 2, Cerro del Águila and Sallca Pucará hydro projects and the Cotaruse-Las Bambas transmission line.

As for oil and gas projects, socio-environmental issues have come to the forefront concerning blocks 64, 108, 116, 123, 129 and 192 (1 AB) and XIII-A.

The ombudsman's update includes community requests to renegotiate rights of way contracts over alleged non-compliance by Transportadora de Gas del Perú and Perú LNG of environmental, economic and social pledges.

BNamericas will host its 11th Southern Cone Energy Summit in Lima, Peru, on November 12-13. Click here to download the agenda.