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Latin America power roundup

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Latin America power roundup

Venezuela's government extended by two weeks a two-day work week for the public sector imposed last month to tackle an acute energy shortage, and declared that there will be no educational activities on May 20 and 27.

"These measures are due to the fact that rains that had been expected during these weeks, according to forecasts, were not as expected, they were very light. The situation of [hydroelectric dam] Guri is still critical," a power ministry release quoted Aragua state governor Tareck El Aissami (pictured) as saying. Heavier rains are expected in the coming weeks, he added.

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The governments of Argentina and Paraguay will establish a permanent technical workgroup to advance talks related to debt of binational hydroelectric dam Yacyretá, Paraguay's foreign minister Eladio Loizaga said following a meeting between Argentina's President Mauricio Macri and his Paraguayan counterpart Horacio Cartes.

Loizaga added that projects to tap the power potential of the Aña Cua arm of the Paraná river and add three turbines depends on the debt talks.

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Paraguay's government established a workgroup to begin the certification phase of forestry-based biomass as part of the country's bioenergy push. Participants include the mines and energy and environment departments; the industry and trade ministry; and the national forestry institute.

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Uruguay's state power company UTE extended bidding to operate Melo-Tacuarembó, a 500kV 200km transmission line and to supply advanced metering infrastructure to June 22 and May 24, respectively.

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The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied a rehearing request filed by environmental group Comité Diálogo Ambiental of FERC's order that authorized development of Aguirre Offshore GasPort's Puerto Rico LNG project.

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In a filing with Chile's securities regulator SVS, Schwager Energy said subsidiary Schwager Service secured a 4.98bn-peso (US$7mn), three year contract with state copper giant Codelco's Gabriela Mistral division to maintain power infrastructure.

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