05 Jan 2021

Test Operations Start at 104MW Honduras Hydro Plant

05 Jan 2021  by Kelvin Ross   

Honduras’ state power company Enee has begun test operations of the 104MW Patuca III hydroelectric plant in Olancho.

An initial 5 MW were injected into the national interconnected grid, said Enee. The plant connects to the grid at the Juticalpa substation via a 43-km-long, 230-kV transmission line.

According to BNamericas, the powerhouse at Patuca III, on the Patuca River, contains two 52-MW Kaplan turbines. The project boasts a 57-m-high concrete gravity dam.

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China provided financing for the $349 million project, which was built by Chinese group Sinohydro and supervised by Consorcio Geoconsult-ACI.

Patuca III will increase Enee’s installed capacity from renewable energy to 537 MW from 433 MW, the latter of which currently accounts for nearly 17% of Honduras’ installed capacity.

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