Hydroelectric Plants in Belize

Challilo
Location: Belize
Operator: Belize Electric Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 3.65 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2005
T/G supplier: Sichuan Dongfeng
EPC: Sinohydro, Gilbert-Green & Associates Inc
Quick facts: After resolution of various legal issues, construction started in mid-2003. Annual output from the powerhouse and additional storage capacity for use by the downstream Mollejon Dam on the Macal River is expected to be 80-160 GWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Belize Electricity Ltd
Posted 28 Oct 2005

Hydro Maya
Location: Belize
Operator: Hydro Maya Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 1.7 MW
Operation: 2007
T/G supplier: CHEC
EPC: Sorenson Engineering, Froelich Engineers Inc, Bradley Engineering, Cisco Construction LtdĀ 
Quick facts: In Nov 2003, BEL signed a PPA with Hydro Maya Ltd for the supply of hydroelectricity at a cost of US$0.068/kWh. The HPP is on the Rio Grande River just outside of San Miguel Village in Toledo District. Construction was delayed by heavy rains in 2005 and the plant was completed in Feb 2007.

Photograph courtesy of Cisco Construction Ltd
Posted 18 Mar 2015

Vaca
Location: Belize
Operator: Belize Electric Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 9 MW, 1 X 1 MW
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: Zhefu
EPC: Sinohydro
Quick facts: This storage plant is on the Macal River. Construction on the RCC dam began in May 2007 and the plant went commercial on 1 Mar 2010 at a cost of about $105mn.

Photograph courtesy of Belize Electricity Ltd
Posted 13 Nov 2010

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 14-Jun-2015

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