Group announces plan to rehabilitate Guyana's 1.5-MW Tumatumari small hydropower project

Guyana Locator Map

A private company has announced plans to rehabilitate the long-defunct 1.5-MW Tumatumari hydropower plant, located in the country's central Potaro-Siparuni region.

The proposal would see Tumatumari Hydro Inc. modernize and possibly expand the small hydropower plant as part of the Tumatumari Industrial Development Project.

Tumatumari Hydro's director said the rehabilitation would be conducted in two phases, with the first restoring the plant to its original output capacity and constructing two 30 kilometer transmission lines, and the second expanding the plant's capacity to 3 MW.

The US$5 million overhaul will save Guyana about $40 million in fuel imports over its first decade of operation, officials said, while also creating up to 30 direct and 30 indirect jobs.

The project is located at Tumatumari Falls on the Potaro River and was Guyana's first when completed by British Guiana Consolidated Goldfields to power a gold mining operation in the 1950s. The small hydropower plant was closed amidst a worker strike in the 1960s before being put back into service by the Guyana National Service in 1976. The facility continued to operate through the late 1980s when the last of its two 750 kW Francis turbines failed.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...

Reduce Engineering Project Complexity

Engineering document management presents unique and complex challenges. A solution based in Enter...

Revolutionizing Asset Management in the Electric Power Industry

With the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things, data is growing and becoming more accessib...

Latest PennEnergy Jobs

PennEnergy Oil & Gas Jobs