Panama extends hydro, wind project timetables

Monday, October 6, 2014

Panamanian authorities pushed back development of a 50MW hydroelectric project in Chiriquí province.

Hidro Burica now has until December 1, 2017 to complete and start commercial operations at the Burica plant, according to public services regulator Asep.

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The company requested the additional time to work on the original design, which would "significantly affect" the environment and did not optimize the energy resource of the Chiriquí Viejo river.

The regulator also granted wind developer UEP Penonomé II extensions for its projects Marañón (17.5MW), Nuevo Chagres (115MW), Portobelo Ballestillas (47.5MW) and Rosa de los Vientos (102MW).

The new completion and commercial startup deadlines for Marañón are March 11 and April 30, 2015; January 16 and March 30, 2015 for Nuevo Chagres (first stage); December 11, 2014 and March 13, 2015 for Portobelo Ballestillas and January 30 and March 24/April 30 for Rosa de los Vientos.

August maximum capacity demand and consumption reached 1,445MW and 768GWh, respectively, compared with 1,389MW and 720GWh in the year-ago month, according to data from national dispatch center CND.