Itaipu reports record Paraguay offtake

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Itaipu hydroelectric dam on the Brazil-Paraguay border delivered record supply to the latter country.

Operator Itaipu Binacional reported that Paraguayan state power company Ande's offtake on Wednesday hit 2,041MWh/h at 3pm, breaking a record 2,004MWh/h at 9pm the day before. The new mark represented 87% of the country's demand.

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Paraguay's maximum demand this month is expected to hit 2,670MW and 2,800MW by year-end, added Itaipu, which said it would cover 2,320MW and 2,430MW, respectively.

Itaipu deliveries to Paraguay rose 11% in the first nine months this year.

At a Thursday morning meeting with Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes, Ande head Víctor Romero updated the head of state on actions underway to cover growing demand, in particular that driven by climatic factors.

Romero highlighted US$400mn investment allocated to substation expansions, line construction and transformer replacement.

The dam operator also reported that International Hydropower Association consultants will spend two weeks at the complex gathering data and information to evaluate the possible implementation of a hydropower sustainability assessment protocol.

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