Panama hydro concessions under review top 100MW

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Friday, January 12, 2018

The number of concession requests for hydroelectric projects under review in Panama at the start of 2018 reaches 17 for a combined 117MW.

The largest of the planned plants is developer Mifta 52's 39.1MW Cerro Gordo project which would use water from the Santa María river in Veraguas province, according to information from public services regulator Asep.

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The other 16 projects are under 10MW.

Panama installed capacity, November 2017 (SOURCE: Asep)

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In its 2018-22 operational planning report, Panama's national dispatch center CND forecasts that 852MW will be added, of which 473MW will be thermo, 328MW solar and 51.3MW hydro, based on information submitted by project developers.

With these additions, hydro would cover 66% of demand, thermo 26%, wind 3.8% and solar 3.5%, according to CND.

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"Despite the large quantity of additional capacity that corresponds to photovoltaic plants, its demand supply contribution does not experience a proportional increase due to its operations limited to daylight hours," highlights the report.

For a look at generation plants under development in the country, see the BNamericas Project Profiles Database which includes:

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