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Portezuelo del Viento hydro project advances

Bnamericas Published: Monday, May 14, 2018
Portezuelo del Viento hydro project advances

The environment ministry of Argentina's Mendoza province has accepted Portezuelo del Viento hydroelectric plant's environmental impact assessment (EIA), the final permitting step at the provincial level.

Environmental secretariat head Humberto Mingorance (pictured) approved the 210MW project's EIA following public hearings that took place in April throughout the province.

Now, the national government must endorse the EIA before the province can call for offers for building the dam.

"The progress we are making with a project of this magnitude is a historical step for the province and the country," said Mingorance at the signing of the approval. "I signed the EIA because we have evaluated all the environmental aspects of the issue and it has already complied with each of the requirements requested by the Environmental Assessment Unit as well as the public hearings."

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