Yacyretá to issue call for turbines in 2018

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The EBY joint venture that operates the Yacyretá hydroelectric dam on the Argentina-Paraguay border is set to launch a tender to install three new turbines next year, according to EBY's Paraguay director Ángel Recalde.

Technical information is being collected to draft bidding rules for the US$200mn project, Recalde was reported as saying by Paraguayan paper Última Hora in an article posted on EBY's website.

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Yacyretá currently boasts 20 Kaplan-type turbines for a combined 3.2GW.

He added that the new turbines will have to have similar capacity and size but do not have to be the same brand as those currently in use (Voith and GE).

The installation of the turbines will be a "large undertaking" and is expected to take almost as much time as the project to tap the power potential of the Aña Cua branch of the Paraná river, said Recalde.

The director also highlighted the need to keep an eye on new power generation projects, such as Corpus Christi and Itatí-Itacorá, as Paraguy will consume its entire hydropower surplus in 2026.