Haiti's Peligre hydroelectric plant and transmission system receive grants from IDB

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti 2/16/12 (PennWell) --Alstom-Comelex has signed a three-year, US$48.4 million contract with the government of Haiti to restore the Peligre hydroelectric plant, according to a release from the Inter-American Development Bank.

Peligre's operator, Electricite d'Haiti (EDH), solicited bids for the project in January 2010 and received a $20 million grant from IDB for the project in December 2011.

Currently, the IDB release says, the facility operates at a fraction of its potential, forcing Haiti to rely on thermal generators and imported fossil fuels. The project includes the restoration of Peligre to its full 54 MW of capacity, with work that includes overhauling three turbines and modernizing electromechanical equipment and control systems.

EDH will also work to upgrade power transmission lines between Peligre and Port-au-Prince using IDB grants totaling $32 million.

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