As reported by the Authority of Public Services (ASEP), the majority of the projects are being developed in Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro, on rivers with large flow.
The 223-kilowatt Gavilán hydroelectric being developed by the AES Changuinola US consortium is the most important one with an investment of $502 million. Next in importance are the Gualaca, Prudencia and Lorena projects by the GDS Suez Energy Central America Company, valued at $250 million.
The article in Prensa.com noted that there "are also other smaller projects in various provinces of the country, of which no details were given. ASEP said that the energy in these mega energy projects underway should be concluded by 2013 at the latest."
The Government of South Korea pledged $800 million to finance El Cimarrón hydroelectric dam.
The chairman of the Executive Committee of the Lempa River Hydroelectric (CEL), Nicolás Salume, announced that a study will be done regarding the financing structure offered since there are other countries interested in investing such as Mexico, Italy, Spain and Brazil.
In late 2005, AES began developing the Changuinola hydro power project and currently the project is in the phase of building the roadways to access that facility. The formal cornerstone laying ceremony took place on October 25, 2007.
The project's total completion represents an investment of approximately $563 million and the estimated date for the Changuinola hydro power plant to go into commercial operation is the first quarter of 2011. Through this new facility, AES contributes to the country's development and helps face the growing demand of energy in Panama, which requires an additional 50 MW each year.
The construction of the new Changuinola I Hydro Power Plant:
* is an asset to Panama
* will generate clean and 100% Panamanian energy
* will create opportunities for previously excluded populations
* will contribute to solve the country's energy situation
* will help Panama to continue growing
The construction and operation of the hydro power plant will be under the responsibility of AES, a multinational energy corporation with world-class standards and an active presence in Panama.
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