After having finished the basic surveys and the projects design, on November 23 we delivered to the official authorities of Emprendimientos Hidroeléctricos Sociedad del Estado Provincial del Neuquén, the Final Report of the Survey called “Aprovechamientos Multipropósito Cuenca Media del río Neuquén” (River Neuquén Middle Basin Multipurpose Utilization) which is included in the five-year development plan 2019/2023 announced by the Provincial government.
Said surveys, commissioned by the National Energy Agency (within the PESE Programme) from the consultants INTERTECHNE – HISSA – HCA –GRIMAUX, were monitored by Neuquén Province through EMHIDRO. They took 29 months and the approximate cost was $ 42,000,000 and were financed by the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF).
The execution of the tasks performed by the Consulting Consortium has determined the technical, economic and environmental viability of two important hydroelectric projects in the river Neuquén middle basin, “La Invernada and Cerro Rayoso” utilizations, each of which has an installed power capacity of 560 MW and an average annual generation of 1,900 Gwh.
These works will contribute to the control of river Neuquén overflows, will incorporate to the interconnected National System power for more than 1250 MW and some annual average power for over 3700 Gwh/year and will enable the development of production, tourism and hospitality businesses in the northern area of the province using the water mirrors which will be created by the dams.
Picture: Daniel Accattatis (engineer), Emhidro SEP Planning and Engineering Manager; Oscar Navarro (engineer) Survey Director (HISSA); Elias Sapag (engineer) Emhidro SEP President.