Secrecy overshadows resurrected Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project
…parties to sign ‘confidentiality clause’ before accessing info
Sep 26, 2021 - , Source - Kaieteur News Online - https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...ro-electric-project/
Kaieteur News – The Irfaan Ali-led administration has made good on its commitment, to restart the process to construct the ‘controversial’ 165 megawatt (MW) Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project, along with the related transmission line to the Sophia substation and the upgrading of 122 kilometres (km) of existing road, in addition to the construction of 85 km leading to the site.
Among some of the non-financial concerns that had accompanied the proposed project was the environmental impact to the immediate surroundings and the fact that the falls was prone to run dry at times during the course of the year which had required that GPL maintain its existing facilities at all times in order to serve as a backup.
While the main-stem of the proposed Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project is indeed prone to run dry at times, the proposal involves the diversion of water from another stream to augment needed flows for the project.
There are many similar projects in Canada, Europe and elsewhere with similar features where water is re-diverted from other streams to meet the designed flows for the project.