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Permitting advances for US$3.5bn Ecuador hydro

Bnamericas Published: Monday, July 27, 2015
Permitting advances for US$3.5bn Ecuador hydro

Ecuadoran authorities held an EIS informative workshop for a US$3.5bn hydroelectric project planned for Morona Santiago province.

State power generator Hidropaute is behind the 3.6GW Santiago G8 complex that would be built at the confluence of the Zamora and Namangoza rivers.

Power regulator Arconel, the environment ministry and environmental consultant Acotecnic also participated in the meeting, which followed a first EIS workshop in March.

A third workshop will be held in October with the final EIS due to be submitted to the environment ministry in November. Environmental approval is expected in the first quarter next year.

Santiago G8 is part of the country's strategic energy projects portfolio.

Santiago G8 project map (CREDIT: Hidropaute).

Hidropaute currently operates hydropower plants Mazar 170MW and Molino 1GW, and is due to complete hydroelectric project Sopladora 487MW by year-end. The company also is developing early stage hydroelectric project Cardenillo 588MW.

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