Peru power project permitting watch

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Peruvian environmental authorities have flagged a run-of-the-river power project planned for southern Arequipa region and the transmission component for a group of small-scale hydropower plants under development in center-north region Áncash.

In a resolution, the energy and mines ministry's energy environmental affairs office (DGAAE) gave Empresa de Generación Eléctrica de Arequipa until the last week of December to respond to observations to the semi-detailed EIS for the US$60mn 21.5MW Charcani VII run-of-the-river project.

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DGAAE also issued a resolution related to the semi-detailed EIS filed by Hydrika Generación for a transmission line and associated substations.

Hydrika plans to build six small-scale hydroelectric plants that range from 4-10MW for a combined 47.5MW with estimated investment of US$123mn. The company picked up PPAs in Peru's third and fourth renewable energy auctions.

DGAAE said that Hydrika does not fulfill citizen participation guidelines for the power dispatch infrastructure and must file the required information in the coming days.

Information from energy and mining investment regulator Osinergmin shows that Hydrika has requested extensions for the commercial operation date of the plants to 2019-22 from 2018 due to a delay in the financial close and prior consultation with communities which seek compensation.

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