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La Higuera hydro plant start expected in July

The 155-MW La Higuera hydro plant under construction in the Tinguiririca Valley of Chile has been pushed back slightly and is expected to come online in July, a spokesperson for project developers told wire services.

The hydro project is being developed by Chilean power generator Tinguiririca Energia, which is owned by Pacific Hydro and Norway's SN Power. Tinguiririca also is developing the 155-MW La Confluencia hydro project upstream from La Higuera in the same valley.

La Higuera had initially been set to come online in 2009. The project later was expected to come online in June 2010.

La Higuera was the first Clean Development Mechanism project registered in Chile and was the largest hydro plant worldwide to obtain CDM certification at the time it was registered in 2006, according to wire reports. Tinguiririca also plans to register La Confluencia as a CDM project.

A Bhutan hydro project supported by the Asian Development Bank and the governments of Austria and Japan recently was registered as the first cross-border initiative under the Clean Development Mechanism. The hydro project will enable Bhutan to export clean hydroelectric power to India.

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