UPDATE: Ecuador power project construction

Monday, March 16, 2015

Ecuadoran energy authorities have updated progress at hydroelectric and thermoelectric projects.

In a presentation, the power and renewable energy ministry (MEER) said construction of the 1.5GW flagship Coca Codo Sinclair hydro plant (pictured, upper left) is 83.1% complete. It is scheduled for completion in February 2016.

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Construction at other hydroelectric plants is: 21MW Mazar Dudas (82.5%, partially operating), 487MW Sopladora (81.1%, due December 2015), 254MW Toachi Pilaton (63.6%, December 2015), 270MW Minas San Francisco (55%, March 2016), 50MW Quijos (44.1%, March 2016) and 180MW Delsitanisagua (40.1%, March 2016).

Advancement of a combined cycle complex in El Oro province stands at 26.5% with 77MW due online this November and 110MW in November 2016.

Combined cycle project site (CREDIT: MEER)

The ministry also reported that completion of feasibility and definitive design studies for the Zamora (2.4GW)-Santiago (3.6GW) hydro project in Morona Santiago province stands at 57.9%.

Zamora-Santiago project area (CREDIT: MEER)

And a prefeasibility study for the Tufiño (40MW) geothermal project in Carchi province on the border with Colombia is 48.1% ready.

Hydropower accounted for 52.6% of the 21.5TWh generated in Ecuador in 2014, followed by thermoelectric 42%, imports 3.9%, biomass 1.07%, wind 0.35% and solar 0.07%, according to the ministry.

Of thermopower output, fuel oil-fired plants represented 30.4%, natural gas 7.44% and diesel 4.2%.

Power planning authority Conelec highlights that effective capacity in December totaled 5,307MW. Non-renewables accounted for 54.4%, hydroelectric 42.1%, biomass 2.57%, solar 0.5% and wind 0.4%.

Last week, Ecuador's strategic sectors ministry showcased power generation projects that topped a combined a US$5bn.