Hydroelectric Plants in Honduras

Chamelecon
Location: Santa Barbara
Operator: Generacion de Energía Renovable SA de CV (GERSA)
Configuration: 2 X 5.6 MW Francis
Operation: 2013
T/G supplier: Voith, Indar
Quick facts: This run-of-river SHP uses waters from the Rio Chamelecón and is located near the community of Macueliz in Sula municipality. The plant is part of the El Tablon multiuse project. It went online in Sep 2013 and cost about $35mn.

Photograph by Manuel Canadas (Panoramio)
Posted 13 Jun 2015

El Cajon
Location: Cortes
Operator: Empresa Nacional de Energia Electricia (ENEE)
Configuration: 4 X 75 MW Francis
Operation: 1986
T/G supplier: Voest, GEC Alstom
EPC: Motor Columbus, CELCA (Impregilo/Losinger/Lublin), CONINCA (Astaldi/Codelfa/Columbus Panamericana)
Quick facts: El Cajon, also known as Francisco Morazán, is the largest hydro plant in Central America outside Mexico and was built with $750mn in loans from the World Bank and the Inter- American Development Bank. The 226m, double curvature arch dam is the sixth tallest in the world and the project was the largest civil engineering project ever carried out in Honduras. After the reservoir was filled, cracking began in the grout curtain behind the dam. Extensive grouting work was required to stabilize the limestone bedrock under the dam, a process completed in 1995.

Photograph courtesy of Proyecto Regional de Energía Electrica del Istmo Centroamericano
Posted 26 Feb 2006

Nacaome
Location: Choluteca
Operator: Empresa Nacional de Energia Electricia (ENEE)
Configuration: 2 X 15 MW Francis
Operation: 2002
T/G supplier: Sulzer
EPC: Astaldi
Quick facts: This plant is typically available only for peaking purposes.

Photograph courtesy of Astaldi SpA
Posted 26 Feb 2006

 
Rio Blanco
Location: Cortes
Operator: Energia y Transmision SA de CV (Enetran)
Configuration: 1 X 5 MW Francis
Operation: 2004
T/G supplier: Alstom
Quick facts: Rio Blanco went online in Jun 2004, the first such project to sell Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) under the Kyoto CDM scheme. The project is in the San Francisco de Yojoa, 60km south of San Pedro Sula. Grupo Terra subsidiary Enetran worked with Asociacion de Pequenos Productores de Energia Renovable (AHPPER) on the project. The powerhouse is about 2km below a dam on the Rio Blanco. The developers signed a 15yr PPA with ENEE and expect to supply 32 GWh/yr on average to the gird through a 1.5km, 34.5kV transmission line with a capacity of 34.5 kV. The scheme has a diversion dam, a forebay, a powerhouse with discharge channel, and an access road. Rio Blanco now supplies local communities that thus far have not been connected to the grid.

Photograph courtesy of Grupo Terra
Posted 9 Dec 2007

La Vegona
Location: Cortes
Operator: Compania Hondurena de Energia Renovable SA
Configuration: 2 X 21-MW Kaplan
Operation: 2014
T/G supplier: Harbin
EPC: Ingetec, Eterna SA, AquaEnergie LLC
Quick facts: In Sep 2011, the IFC and Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank provided $98mn in financing for the La Vegona scheme. The project is 8km downstream from the Francisco Morazan HPP and utilizes waters from the Humuya and Comayagua Rivers. The plant has a 150m long gravity dam component and a 190m rockfill, claycore component with the dams reaching a maximum height of 39m. A 3.6km, double-circuit 230kV line runs to El Cajon-El Progresso line. Final testing began in April 2014.

Photograph courtesy of REMESA SA
Posted 29 Jun 2016

Abbreviations

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

Updated 29-Jun-2016

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