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Iberdrola constructs 25-MW hydroelectric extension plant in Spain

Spanish private electric utility company Iberdrola begins construction of the 25 megawatt-San Pedro hydroelectric plant extension project in northwest Spain.

San Pedro II – a $66 million investment – will add 25 megawatts to the existing 32 MW facility. The hydroelectric plant is located in the river of Sil, in the municipality of Nogueira de Ramuin, city of Ourense.

The project is expected to create up to 190 new jobs during the next three years of its construction.

The construction of San Pedro II plant follows the inauguration of the Santo Estevo II power plant that has been in operation since February. San Pedro acts as a reservoir for Santo Estevo, controlling the river flow of Sil.

Santo Estevo, which began its construction in September 2008 and ended in 2012, has an installed capacity of over 441 MW, making it the largest hydroelectric complex in Galicia. It can produce up to 1,000 GWh yearly, meeting the demand for energy of around 285,000 homes.

San Estevo II has an installed capacity of over 441 MW, making it the largest hydroelectric complex in Galicia. It can produce up to 1,000 gigawatt hours yearly, meeting the demand for energy of around 285,000 homes.

Once the construction of San Pedro II is finished, and with Santo Estevo II already commissioned, Iberdrola will have fulfilled the objectives of which the extension projects were set to achieve: sluice control, balancing flows downstream and optimizing exploitation of an indigenous renewable energy source. – EcoSeed Staff



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