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Desarrollos Hidroelectricos secures San Andres hydro project extension in Panama

Panama's public services regulator Asep has granted Desarrollos Hidroelectricos a 12-month extension to begin construction of the San Andres hydroelectric power project.

The additional time was granted due to project changes including site relocation and an increase in capacity to 12.8 MW from 8.8 MW.

Desarrollos Hidroelectricos picked up the 50-year concession in 2008 and has 48 months to complete works and begin operations.

San Andres will use water from the Cana Blanca River and the Paja stream.

In other news, the province of Chiriqui, in the west of Panama, is to welcome two run-of-river hydroelectric power stations - Pando and Monte Lirio - with a combined capacity of 85 MW and an annual generating output of 430 GWh, according to Mexican news agency Notimex.

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