Guyana to tap into Norway grant money for hydropower project

The Associated Press

The South American country of Guyana has renewed its push to develop a hydropower project with help from Norway.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The South American country of Guyana has renewed its push to develop a hydropower project with help from Norway.

Infrastructure Minister David Patterson says officials will tap into a fund of some $80 million in grant money from Norway to conduct feasibility studies. He said Wednesday that the government has identified five possible sites in Guyana's rugged interior.

Patterson said officials also have talked with neighboring Brazil, which has pledged to help develop the project and seeks to benefit from it as well.

Guyana has long faced rolling blackouts and seeks a hydropower plant to provide cheaper and cleaner energy.

The government scrapped plans to build a $2.6 billion hydropower plant earlier this year because of cost concerns.

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