Peru’s energy and mines ministry has accepted force majeure requests from Empresa de Generación Eléctrica Santa Lorenza for its 18.7-MW Santa Lorenza I small hydro project. The plant was due to be online at the end of 2018. According to BNamericas, the developer of the US$41.7 million project submitted the requests in 2019 due to transit restrictions on the Ambo-San Rafael highway after heavy rains and opposition from the Salapampa rural community that prevented excavation of the hydro’s tunnel. The Salapampa community attributed lower flow of the Badurragra irrigation canal to the tunnel’s construction, according to the latest social conflict report from the country’s ombudsman Defensoría del Pueblo.
Source: Hydro Review