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New funding to Haiti seen boosting rehab of 54-MW Peligre

Haiti’s rehabilitation of the 54-MW Peligre hydroelectric project is expected to receive additional funding under an allocation of US$120 million in overall assistance for 2010 by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

IADB said June 23, 2009, that its Board of Governors allocated US$120 million in grants to Haiti for 2010 for infrastructure, basic services, and disaster prevention. The board already allotted US$100 million for 2009, up from US$50 million in each of the previous two years.

The bank already is preparing Haitian projects totaling US$100 million for presentation to its Board of Executive Directors.

“The US$120 million grant allocation or 2010 is expected to provide more funds for investments in transportation infrastructure, a second phase of the rehabilitation of the Peligre hydroelectric plant, and the extension of water services in Port-au-Prince, among other priority activities,” a bank statement said.

The second phase of the total US$40 million Peligre rehabilitation project is to include rehabilitation of turbine-generator Unit 3, and a transmission line linking Peligre to Port-au-Prince.

IADB approved a US$12.5 million grant in December 2008 to Electricite d’Haiti (EDH) to help fund Peligre rehabilitation. Earlier this year, EDH recruited consultants to manage the rehabilitation. (HydroWorld 3/13/09)

That first phase of rehabilitation involves refurbishment of the first of three turbines, Unit 2, and other electrical equipment. The third and final phase is to include rehabilitation of the third turbine, Unit 1.

Built in 1971, Peligre serves the Port-au-Prince area but has diminished generating capacity due to deteriorating equipment. The government announced a contract in 2007 to Gregory L. Morris Engineering P.S.C. of Puerto Rico to study sedimentation and to design equipment rehabilitation for Peligre.

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