Uruguay watch: PV contract, Salto Grande restoration call

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Uruguay awarded Spanish construction firm OHL an EPC contract for a 65MW PV plant in Salto department, a company statement said.

Upon completion of the works, OHL will also operate and maintain the plant for 24 months, a period that could be extended to 36 months.

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The contract is OHL's first in Uruguay, where state power utility UTE previously announced a plan to add 200MW of PV capacity in the short term through 13 PPAs.

In related news, Uruguay and Argentina launched a call for embankment restoration works at their jointly-owned Salto Grande dam, with bids due October 23.

The countries have invested US$64mn over the last 10 years in improvements to the 1.89GW hydro plant, which covers 48% of Uruguay's demand, according to a government release.

The money has gone toward infrastructure and technological improvements, along with equipment modernization, among other updates.

Over its 34-year history, the plant has generated a yearly median of 4,300GWh.

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