New thermal capacity in Ecuador suffers further delay

Two new thermal plants, with a combined capacity of 190 MW, have suffered at least a month of delays in Ecuador, according to the newspaper El Comercio.
According to the press report, the $220m contract to install the plants, which are located in Santa Elena and Quevedo, was granted to Equitatis last summer by the Corporacion Electrica del Ecuador (Celec).
With the installation of the new plants the authorities are seeking to counterbalance the low production from the Paute hydroelectric power station, Ecuador’s largest electricity generator, during the low-water level season - from September to May.
The new plants were due to come online last November and despite a new deadline of January this year they are still not operational.
According to El Comercio, the 90 MW plant at Santa Elena is still undergoing tests, while testing at the 100 MW Quevedo plant will begin later this month.
El Comercio speculates that the delay may be because of delays in payments fromCelec to Equitatis.
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