Bolivia receives components for 24-MW wind plant

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December 2 (SeeNews) - Bolivia has started to receive equipment for the second, 24-MW phase of the Qollpana wind park in Pocona, Cochabamba department, the president of state-owned Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (Ende), Eduardo Paz, said on Wednesday.

The first shipment of blades for the eight wind turbines was delivered to the country on Tuesday.

Ende's subsidiary Empresa Electrica Corani SA has invested USD 54 million (EUR 51m) in the equipment. According to Paz, the whole wind park will be fully operational between March and May and will be able to meet 11% of the Cochabamba demand. The initial phase of 3 MW has been in operation since 2014.

The official also said that Bolivia will invest USD 1.1 billion in 451 MW of renewable energy to cover up to 30% of its power demand, using solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.944)

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