Peru’s construction of 750 MW hydropower facility on hold

Developer Odebrecht Energia del Peru has pulled a proposal for the 750-MW Rio Grande hydropower project from Peru’s General Directorate of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

A notice from the agency, Direccion General de Asuntos Ambientales Energia (DGAAE), shows Odebrecht requested the environmental impact statement filed for the plant be removed, effectively stopping the project from advancing.

Neither Odebrecht nor DGAAE have offered reasons why the proposal has been tabled — or if the project will be resumed — though DGAAE had asked Odebrecht to respond to nearly 150 comments on its environmental assessment earlier this year.

If constructed, Rio Grande would consist of two plants — the 600-MW Rio Grande 1 and 150-MW Rio Grande 2 — both of which would be located on the Maranon River in northern Peru. The facilities would have a combined price tag exceeding US$2 billion.