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Péligre: 18-MW turbine comes online with 12,000-home capacity

Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – Operation resumed, Friday, for one of three turbines at the Péligre Hydroelectric Plant, which has been operating at less than half of its capacity since the 2010 earthquake. The turbine hadn’t been serviced since its inception in 1971 and is expected to add 18 megawatts of electricity per hour, enough to power an estimated 11,700 homes.

President Privert at Peligre
President Jocelerme Privert, Deputy Abel Descollines at Peligre Hydroelectric Plant, August 19, 2016

His Excellency, President Jocelerme Privert participated in the reopening of the turbine at the plant which gets its power from the Peligre gravity dam. The electricity will be routed to the industrial zone of metropolitan Port-au-Prince, the Central Plateau and to some northern cities.

The plant should have a capacity of 54 megawatts and the work to get it to that level of production is funded by a loan agreement signed by the former Martelly-Conille government in December of 2011 with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development (OFID).

President Privert praised the work of Electricty of Haiti and the support of its partners n the endeavor, including the French Government which provided the engineering firm Alstom, along with the German government and OPEC nations.

Privert wished that the new turbine be well-maintained. He also expressed his wish that the remaining two turbines, which can produce 36 megawatts together, can come into operation. The rehabilitation, said the president, will relieve the burden of the state and fuel consumption.

But still, inefficiencies in Haiti’s power grid and at substations zap a significant percentage of the energy that will be produced by the turbines, 30% according to some estimates.

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About The Author

Valéry Bennett is a graduate student of Digital Publishing at ESCP, Paris. He is of Haitian descent and participates in the biennial mission trip with his church.