Ecuador to bring 163MW on line by year-end

Monday, July 21, 2014

Five power generation projects for a combined 163MW are scheduled to begin operations in Ecuador by end-2014.

The majority will come from thermos Esmeraldas II (96MW) and Guangopolo II (50MW); while the balance will come from hydros Isimanchi (2.25MW), San José de Tambo (8MW) and Saymirin V (7MW), according to information from wholesale power market administrator Cenace.

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In 2015, the country's generation park is forecast to increase by a further 245MW with the addition of nine projects led by hydros Mazar-Dudas-Alazán (6.23MW), Victoria (10MW), Manduriacu (60MW), San Bartolo (48.1MW), Mazar-Dudas-San Antonio (7.19MW), Chorrillos (3.96MW) and Mazar-Dudas (7.4MW).

Natural gas-fired Termogas Machala I will contribute 77MW in 2015, while 25MW will come from photovoltaic parks, Cenace said in its latest operations plan.

Power planning authority Conelec highlights that effective capacity in Ecuador at end-April totaled 5.1GW. Non-renewables accounted for 53.9%, hydroelectric 43.9%, biomass 1.83%, wind 0.37% and solar 0.10%.

BNamericas will host its fourth LatAm Power Generation Summit in Santiago, Chile, on August 13-14. Click here to download the agenda.