Thermoelectric plants shoulder Bolivian load

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thermoelectric plants accounted for 75.5% of the 627GWh injected into Bolivia's grid in July, compared to 74.8% of the 590GWh delivered a year earlier.

Hydroelectric output represented 24.3% of last month's injection – 25.2% in July 2013 – and wind 0.15%, according to national dispatch committee CNDC.

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Generation capacity in July was 1,056MW thermo and 476MW hydro, compared to 981MW and 476MW a year earlier. Last month, thermo and hydro facilities ran at 83.6% and 84.9%, respectively.

Authorities, however, envision hydroelectric plants accounting for 70% of the generation park in 2025.

Maximum power capacity demand in July reached 1,178MW, up 6% year-on-year, but behind the 1,201MW record set in November. Consumption grew 6.1% to 612GWh.

The top three generators in July were Egsa (185GWh), EVH (111GWh) and Corani (84.3GWh).

CNDC data also reveals 235 generation and 65 transmission faults were recorded this July.