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Venezuela makes important step in building new hydroelectric plant

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The three existing plants produce about 14,000 MW of power, providing 70 percent of the country’s total electricity demand. Once the Tocoma plant starts operation, the four plants will meet all the electricity demand of Venezuela

Xinhua, April 6, 2011

Venezuela made an important step on Tuesday in building the country’s Manuel Piar hydroelectric power plant after completing the second diversion of the Caroni River.

With a dike removed, the chamber of the power plant’s spillway started to be filled with water, a key step to secure the viability of the hydroelectric plant and allow builders to start installing mechanical equipment.

Once the water passes through the spillway, the final phase of the construction could be initiated, said Electricity Minister Ali Rodriguez, who is also in charge of the project.

Upon completion, the power plant, also known as the Tacoma and located in the southern state of Bolivar, is expected to add an estimated 2,160 megawatts (MW) of power to the national grid, government officials said.

The project, scheduled to be completed in 2014, is the fourth and last power plant to be developed in the Bajo Caroni hydro power complex built on the lower reaches of the Caroni river.

The three existing plants produce about 14,000 MW of power, providing 70 percent of the country’s total electricity demand. Once the Tocoma plant starts operation, the four plants will meet all the electricity demand of Venezuela, Rodriguez said.

The estimated cost of the new plant, which is now 55 percent completed, is about 6.6 billion U.S. dollars.

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90778/90858/90864/7341727.html

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Written by peripheralrevision

04/06/2011 at 6:34 pm

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