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Haiti Signs Contract with French Firm Alstom to Refurbish Hydro Plant

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - February 10, 2012

Above: the Peligre hydroelectric plant (Photo: IDB)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Haiti’s government today signed a contract with French firm Alstom-Comelex to refurbish the country’s Peligre hydroelectric plant, its principal source of renewable energy.

The three-year, $48.8 million contract was signed by Public Works Minister Jacques Rousseau, Finance Minister Andre Georges, Electricite d’Haiti Director General Gary Valdemar and Alstom managers Olivier Richer and Marc-Antoine Blond.

In December, the Inter-American Development Bank approved a $20 million grant to help complete and supplement financing for the plant’s refurbishment.

Peligre will recover its original 54-megawatt generation capacity by implementing an overhaul of its three turbines and modernizing its equipment and control systems.

The 40-year-old plant currently uses only a fraction of its potential.

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