Strong rains boost hydropower generation in Uruguay

Last month’s heavy rains in Uruguay’s bordering region with Brazil helped the country’s increase its electricity production, according to a report in La Republica.
 
According to the newspaper, the rain benefited the Negro river "where it rained heavily [allowing] two of the three [hydro] plants in the region to generate power".
 
It is estimated that the Salto Grande hydroelectric dam generated 30 per cent of the power and the Punta del Tigre combined-cycle gas fired plant 16 per cent, while electricity imported from Argentina accounted for 7 per cent.
 
The fossil fuel plants La Tablada and Central Batlle both produced 16 per cent, with 5 per cent from a 80 MW engine-based plant from Finland’s Wartsila.
 
The remainder of the power coming from other renewable sources, La Republica said.
 
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