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Ecuador to Build 11 New Hydroelectric Dams
    2008-05-22 10:18:22     Xinhua

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced Wednesday that his government would build 11 hydroelectric dams with a capacity of 1,500 megawatts in the Guayllabamba River's watershed in the province of Pichincha.

Correa made the announcement in the Carondelet Palace as the National Council of Electricity (Conelec) and the Provincial Counsel of Pichincha signed an agreement to jointly develop and upgrade the hydroelectric projects.

Correa said construction on the Chespi dam with 167 megawatts, Villadora with 250 megawatts and Chontal with 79 megawatts will begin on Sept. 5. The construction of the other eight will be completed in two years.

Correa said the Coca-Codo-Sinclair project, the biggest in Ecuador, would be a massive boost for the Amazonian region.

Correa called on the relevant departments of government to support these projects "because if there is more hydroelectricity the energy costs would be reduced."



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