SNAPSHOT Ecuador's flagship power generation pipeline

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ecuador will become the country with probably the planet's cleanest energy matrix, according to sector authorities.

Officials look to reach this goal through a portfolio of flagship generation projects comprised of eight hydros and one wind, the latter of which - Villonaco (16.5MW) - began operations in January.

The nine projects total a combined 2.77GW which represents almost double the country's current maximum demand.

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The pipeline aims to guarantee energy sovereignty and diversify the generation park through renewables, in particular hydropower, which in 2016 is expected to account for 93% of capacity compared to 62.4% last year and 49.7% in 2007.

The hydro projects range from Mazar-Dudas (21MW) to Coca Codo Sinclair (1.5GW), the former of which is scheduled to be the first flagship hydro online when it starts up in February 2014, BNamericas has learned.

The other hydros are due to start operations in 2014: Manduriacu (60MW, October), Sopladora (487MW, December); in 2015: Toachi-Pilatón (253MW, April), Quijos (50MW, December), Delsitanisagua (115MW, December), Minas San Francisco (270MW, December); and Coca Codo Sinclair in January 2016.

Generation projects under construction and not tagged "emblematic" include Baba (42MW) due online this month and thermos Guangopolo II (50MW) and Termoesmeraldas II (96MW) scheduled to start operations next February.

In 2012, hydros Ocaña (26MW) and Buenos Aires (1MW) began operations along with thermos Jivino (40MW), Santa Elena (40MW) and Jaramijó (140MW).

Studies also are underway for 5.38GW hydro.