Argentina's hydro output up in August

Monday, September 22, 2014

Net power demand in Argentina dropped 3.6% to 10.5TWh in August compared to the same month last year, according to data from wholesale power regulator Cammesa.

Thermo generation accounted for 6.22TWh of the total, down 11.8% from last year, while hydro's contribution increased 13.6% to 4.05TWh. The Yacycreta and Futaleufu dams recorded higher than normal water levels, Cammesa said.

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Nuclear contributed 494GWh to the total, down 15.3%. Wind farms produced 56.5GWh, up 11.3%, while PV solar output dropped 2% to 1.3GWh. Generation from imports totaled 72.5GWh.

Maximum peak demand was 20.9GW, down from 21.7GW.

The median temperature in August was 15.3 degrees Celsius, compared to 12.7 degrees last year. The average energy cost for the month was US$120/MWh.

Demand has increased 3.6% during 2014, Cammesa said.

In related Argentina news, the planning ministry announced the arrival of five transformers (two 40MVA and three 80MVA) as part of a 2.7bn-peso (US$320mn) investment with distributor Edesur in transmission infrastructure.

One of the 80MVA units will be installed at the Caballito substation in Buenos Aires, while the other two will be installed at the Calzada and Transradio substations.

The 40MVA transformers will be installed at the Bosques substation, the ministry said.

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