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Environmental impact study work for Bolivia's US$1bn 600MW Rositas hydroelectric project in Santa Cruz department is expected to begin this year.
Work includes holding public consultations and the design and proposal of prevention and mitigation measures.
Rositas will take six years to build and use water from the Grande river. It falls under Bolivia's push to reduce thermopower dependence and advance electricity export plans.
Components include a surface machine house, a 162m-high dam and a reservoir covering 449km2 with capacity of 22,790hm3. Estimated average annual energy output is 2,917GWh.
Meanwhile, the senate approved documents signed between the government and Japan in September related to financing for up to 61.5bn yen (US$543mn) for geothermal project Laguna Colorada.