Peru flags US$570mn hydropower project

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Peruvian environmental authorities have requested additional information regarding a hydroelectric plant that would be built in central Huánuco region and cost an estimated US$570mn.

The 392MW Huallaga I project belongs to Central Hidroélectrica Huallaga Hydro (HUAHYSA), which has until end-March to respond to EIS observations, according to the energy and mines ministry's energy environmental affairs office.

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The over 100 observations relate to the project description, influence area, compensation and community relations, among others.

The plant would take four years to build and use water from the Huallaga river. Components include a 183m-high dam and a 10.8km, 6.5m-diameter water supply tunnel.

Surplus generation could be exported, according to HUAHYSA, which belongs to Madrid-based Grupo Ibereólica Renovables, whose Peru development pipeline includes hydros Apurímac (180MW) and Las Orquídeas (20MW), and the 215MW Caravelí wind farm.

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In a related note, the country's environmental certification service for sustainable investments (Senace), released a document to help prepare the executive summary of detailed EISs.

"It provides a series of guidelines to make the executive summaries of the EISs stop being excessively technical documents, but drafted in clear, simple language that can be understood by people not specialists," said Senace head Patrick Wieland.

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