Agreement signed to study hydropower project development in Argentina

Hydro in Argentina

Emesa and Ebisa in Argentina have signed an agreement to develop a long-term plan for renewable energy development in Mendoza province that includes evaluating the province’s portfolio of hydropower projects.

Early-stage hydro projects in the province include 190-MW El Baqueano, 1,100-MW Cordon del Plata, 464-MW Los Blancos and 216-MW Portezuelo del Viento, according to BNamericas. These projects are planned for the Diamante, Mendoza, Tunuyan and Grande rivers, respectively.

The Los Blancos complex is to include two powerhouses, one underground and one surface. Completion is expected to cost $1.57 billion and add 1,280 GWh of electricity annually.

Governor Alfredo Cornejo said in a statement that the province must develop its ample water, wind and solar resources to return Mendoza to the vanguard of energy in the country.

In recent months, Argentina relied on energy imports from neighbors to cover peak demand amid unusually high temperatures, underscoring the need to invest in power infrastructure.

Emesa (Empresa Mendocina de Energia) is Mendoza’s provincial energy company. Ebisa (Emprendimientos Energia Binacional Sociedad Anonima) was created by the national government to manage cross-border energy sales and projects between Argentina and neighboring countries.

In other news in Argentina, the national government awarded a contract in late March to ABS to carry out a technical feasibility study for a hydro project on the Arroyo Lindo river near El Bolson.

The study, which is to be complete by the end of 2016, is intended to determine the type and generating capacity of the plant.

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