Agreement on Dissolution of Chaparral Contract

The CEL and the construction company Astaldi have rescinded the contract for the dam construction by mutual agreement, with $108 million being paid to the Italian company.

Friday, July 6, 2012

The termination of the contract between Astaldi and Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River (CEL) was endorsed by the Republic of El Salvador’s Accounts Court, which stated that "one of the effects of an annulment is that payment to the contractor is recognized on the basis of the work or services performed wholly or partly and goods delivered or received. "

The construction of the 65 MW dam,started in 2008 with an estimated investment of $219 million, of which $163 milion came from a loan from the BCIE.

"The El Chaparral hydroelectric dam on the river Torola, was scheduled to be ready in 2013, but the storm Agatha in 2010 caused damage to the work and from that date geological movements have been detected in the right margin. Astaldi said that for safety reasons, work was not carried out in the margin and it would be necessary to redesign the plans for the dam", reported La Prensa Grafica.

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