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Peru cancels construction of Amazon dams; major setback for Brazil

Friday, June 17th 2011 - 16:33 UTC
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Vice-Minister for Energy Luis Gonzales Talledo: no Inambari dam Vice-Minister for Energy Luis Gonzales Talledo: no Inambari dam

Peruvian environmentalists have welcomed a decision by the country's Energy Ministry to cancel the development of the 1.5GW Inambari Dam in the Amazon basin.

Vice-Minister for Energy Luis Gonzales Talledo announced the decision to terminate a concession for the project on June 13 after reviewing the project and meeting with local communities.

The decision is a blow to Empresa de Generación Eléctrica Amazonas Sur (Egasur), the Brazilian consortium that was to have developed the project, and to the Brazilian government, which wants to tap the hydropower potential of Peru's Amazon basin.

According to NGO International Rivers, the Inambari Dam would flood 410km2 of forest, including part of the Bahujan Sonene National Park buffer zone, and leave more than 15,000 people without agricultural lands.

Flooding 120km of the recently built Inter-Oceanic Highway would also affect the economic development of the region, says International Rivers.

Last year the Peruvian government signed an energy agreement with Brazil under which Brazil committed to purchase electricity from six dams in the Peruvian Amazon.

The second proposed dam under the Brazil-Peru Agreement, the Pakitzapango Dam, was stopped in 2010 by an administrative legal action by the Central Ashaninka del Rio Ene, an indigenous organisation.

The 4.9 billion US dollars Inambari Dam was expected to be financed by the Brazilian National Development Bank and was in an advanced stage of planning.

The recently-released Brazil Energy Expansion Plan for 2011-2020 includes a total of 7000MW of imported hydropower from the Peruvian Amazon.

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  • MarkWhelan

    Now just how will the Brazillian Pollies explain the money that has already vanished into their pockets.

    Jun 17th, 2011 - 06:07 pm 0
  • British-Argentine

    Perhaps they can take instruction from British politicians. But of course such talk doesn't fit our “Latin politicians are all corrupt” world view...

    Jun 17th, 2011 - 09:52 pm 0
  • Fido Dido

    MarkWhelan left wing idiot, what money has already vanished? do you have any links where you can show that money was already paid to those “evil” big companies? Answer is no, you don't. Second, it was a plan to built dams in Peru with Brazilian help, but that plan is being scrapped. that's all.

    Jun 17th, 2011 - 10:17 pm 0
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