Guatemala: Palo Viejo Hydroelectric Project
ENEL Latin America, a private power investor, will develop the 84-megawatt Palo Viejo project, which involves five separate river intakes with desanders.
The intakes will feed a surface powerhouse through a system that consists of a peaking pond, a tunnel, siphons, penstocks and 22 kilometres of canal.
Palo Viejo will start producing energy during the third quarter of 2011 and will deliver an average 370 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy per year, the equivalent of 280,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
The high-head development is located in the Municipality of San Juan Quetzal in the Departamento de Quiché in Guatemala.
As the designer for ENEL, Hatch has been responsible for the engineering of the project from concept to construction.
The challenges associated with the project’s location, include tropical storms, floods, suspended river sediment, earthquakes, sinkholes and landslides. All of which are being managed by Hatch while retaining the economical benefits of the project.