Spanish utility Iberdrola has begun construction of a US$66.7 million extension project that will add 25 MW of installed capacity to the San Pedro hydroelectric plant.
San Pedro is located on the Sil River in northwest Spain and currently has an installed capacity of 32 MW. The company said the expansion project will take three years to complete, creating nearly 200 direct jobs.
Iberdrola's decision to extend the complex comes months after a similar project was completed at the 441-MW Santo Estevo hydropower plant, which is located downriver from San Pedro.
Once complete, Iberdrola said, the company will have "fulfilled the objectives these extension projects set to achieve: sluice control, balancing flows downstream and optimizing exploitation of indigenous, renewable energy.
HydroWorld.com reported earlier this week that the company had sold its majority interest in Chile's Empresa Electrica Lica (EEL).