September 16 (SeeNews) - Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS increases its hydropower generation in Peru to 2,500 GWh a year with the 172-MW Cheves run-of-river plant, inaugurated on Tuesday.
The plant was built on the Huaura river in Lima region and started commercial operations on August 22 after the completion of tests. It is expected to produce some 840 GWh a year, equal to 2% of Peru's power generation.
The company said it has a long-term contract to sell the output to eight power distributors.
Together with Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries, Statkraft now owns and operates 443 MW in nine hydropower plants in Peru. Including Brazil and Chile, the company's South American business comprises stakes in 20 hydropower plants and two wind farms.