Peruvian legislators make push for
750-MW Santa Maria project
Members of Peru’s Fuerza Popular party
introduced a bill in early May asking the
government to declare the 750-MW
Santa Maria hydroelectric project
to be one of public necessity. Te
group, which holds a majority in
Peru’s congress, argues that the
proposal is of national interest and
would serve as a catalyst for the country’s
economic and social development.
If constructed, the US$1.6 billion plant
would create more than 14,000 jobs over a
fve-year period, Fuerza Popular says.
Santa Maria is being developed by Energia
Azul, which signed a memorandum of understanding with China Gezhouba Group in
March 2012 to advance development of the
project. At that time, the project was reported
to include a 137-m-high dam wall, a 515 m3
reservoir, a 29-km-long diversion tunnel
and four Pelton turbine-generator units.
Clean Energy for America Act
U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking
Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced
the Clean Energy for America Act May 4. Tis
legislation is intended to “measurably reduce
carbon pollution over the next decade through
a series of incentives for clean energy and the
promotion of new technologies in the private
sector.” Te act includes technology neutral
tax credits for domestic production of clean
electricity and clean transportation fuel.
“Tis bill is built around the proposition
that the law ought to reward innovative
energy technologies with incentives that spark
investment in the private economy,” Wyden
said. “Tese investments will shrink electric
bills for American families and create new clean
energy jobs in Oregon and across the country.”
Wyden’s bill “… creates a perfor-
mance-based incentive that would be
neutral and fexible between clean electricity
technologies. Taxpayers are able to choose
between a production tax credit (PTC) and
an investment tax credit (ITC), which are
scaled based on the carbon emissions of the
electricity generated. Power plants that
emit at least 35 percent less carbon
than the current nationwide average
begin qualifying for a small incen-
tive, which increases for power
plants that are progressively cleaner.
Zero emission facilities qualify for the
maximum credits — a 2. 3 cents per KWh
hour PTC or a 30 percent ITC. Te PTC
is available for the 10 years after a facility is
placed in service.”
Belarus’ 24-MW Polotskaya
hydro plant commissioned
Belarusian utility RUP Vitebskenergo has
commissioned its 24-MW Polotskaya hydropower project, located on the West Dvina
River in the country’s northern region.
Te plant was outftted by manufacturer
Mavel a.s., which supplied fve Kaplan turbines, generators, hydraulic units, gearboxes
and control systems, in addition to assembly
and technical services.
Mavel signed the equipment contract
in 2010, although fooding at the site in
April 2013 caused a number of delays. Te
Czech company said the turbines installed
at Polotskaya are its KP3000K4 type, which
were also selected for installation at the
Grodenskaya plant in 2010.
Financing for the plant is reported to have
come from the Eurasian Development Bank.
AfDB named lead coordinator for
2,400-MW Batoka Gorge project
Te governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe
have appointed the African Development Bank
(AfDB) as lead coordinator for the 2,400-MW
Batoka Gorge project, which is estimated to
cost US$6 billion, according to AfDB.
Te Batoka Gorge construction phase is
expected to begin later this year or in early
2018. Te project, located about 34 miles
downstream from Victoria Falls, will consist
of a roller-compacted-concrete gravity arch
dam 181 m high that impounds a reservoir
with a catchment area of 508,000 km2. Te site
will feature two underground powerhouses,
one on each river bank, each with a capacity
of 800 MW.
Te project, being constructed by Zambezi
River Authority, will create 6,000 jobs during
the construction phase and 1,200 permanent
jobs during the operational phase, according
to Zambian Finance Minister Felix Mutati.
Batoka Gorge is in line with objectives
of AfDB’s New Deal on Energy for Africa.
China, Pakistan sign US$50 billion
MOU for Indus River Cascade
China and Pakistan have signed a US$50
billion memorandum of understanding to
complete the Indus River Cascade, according
to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Yousuf Naseem Khokhar, Pakistan’s Water
and Power Development Authority ( WAPDA)
secretary for Water and Power, and Chinese
Ambassador in Pakistan Sun Weidong signed
the MoU, under which China’s NEA would
oversee building and funding the fve hydropower projects that have an estimated total
installed capacity of 22,320 MW.
Te planned cascade includes the 4,500-
MW Diamer-Basha project, which is already
being constructed, and four additional projects
being developed: 2,400-MW Patan, 4,000-
MW Takot, 7,100-MW Bunji, and 4,320-
MW Dasu. ■
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