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Friday, October 03, 2008

Ecuador Plans Power against Ebb Tide

Quito, Oct 2 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador has developed a national plan to face the ebb tide season and guarantee power supply.

The National Energy Control Center reported that from October 2008 to March 2009, Ecuador would lack 225 megawatts of thermal energy.

Director of the Center Gabriel Arguello said that hydraulic energy drops from 70 percent to 46.8 percent during this season which increases fuel purchase for thermoelectric stations.

Water level drops affect the Paute hydroelectric station, biggest in the nation, and there are other stations like San Francisco and Termoguayas that are currently out of service.

Arguello said there is a $20 million budget approved to double the megawatts to 500 per hour in the interconnection line with Colombia plus $170 million to purchase fuel from other thermoelectric stations and guarantee service.

Ecuador and Colombia signed and international power transaction agreement in 2003, which has allowed Ecuador to have energy during low tide season.

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