Peru - Renewable Energy for an Emerging Country

The expanding Peruvian economy is one of the more active ones in the South American region.

A combination of economic modernization, natural resource abundance and continued improvements in economic governance and political stability make Peru one of the most promising energy markets in Latin America.


ANDRITZ HYDRO has a long history in Peru, with the first equipment deliveries for HPP Caxias I and II taking place back in 1913. Since then ANDRITZ HYDRO has installed or rehabilitated more than 140 units in the country, with a total output of about 2,600 MW. Some 15 years ago ANDRITZ HYDRO decided to establish a local entity in the Peruvian capital Lima.

HPP Santa Teresa:

In 2011, Luz del Sur, one of the leading power utilities in Peru, awarded ANDRITZ HYDRO a contract for the supply and installation of electro-mechanical equipment for the Santa Teresa run-of-river hydropower plant, 15 km downstream from the famous archeological site of Machu Pic­chu. ANDRITZ HYDRO supplied two 59 MW Francis turbines, main inlet valves, generators, electrical auxiliaries, and automation equipment as well as the powerhouse crane. The hydropower plant was successfully put into operation by the end of 2015.

HPP Huanza:

HPP Huanza uses the waters of the rivers Pallca and Conay and supplies electrical power to the mining company Buenaventura. The project was developed by the Peruvian miners’ subsidiary Empresa de Generación Huanza. Shortly after installation in 2013, the runners showed strong cavitation and had to be replaced. ANDRITZ HYDRO won a contract for the supply of three new MICROGUSS* Pelton runners. Commissioning of the first unit has taken place in September 2015. In March 2016, the other two runners were successfully delivered.

Installation works at HPP Cerro del Águila

Installation works at HPP Cerro del Águila

HPP Cerro del Águila:

For the major new hydropower plant Cerro del Águila, about 470 km east of Lima, ANDRITZ HYDRO received a contract from Con­sorcio Río Mantaro in 2011 for manufacturing, delivery, and installation of the electro-mechanical equipment, including three large 171 MW Francis units. In 2012, ANDRITZ HYDRO also won a con­tract for a “from water-to-wire” package for the additional small hydropower plant next to the main dam. All units will be completed in 2016.

HPPs El Carmen and 8 De Agosto:

Generadora Andina, a company owned by Union Group, with Consorcio 8 de Agosto as the EPC contractor, developed these two small hydropower pro­jects. For HPP El Carmen ANDRITZ HYDRO will supply two vertical, six-jet Pelton turbines with an output of 4.4 MW each, main inlet valves, and the hydraulic power units. The scope of supply for HPP 8 de Agosto comprises two 10.6 MW horizontal Francis turbines, main inlet valves, and the hydraulic power units. Commissioning of both projects will take place during 2016.

HPP Rucuy:

Developed by Empresa Administradora Chungar SAC, a subsidiary of Volcan Compania Minera SAC, HPP Rucuy uses the waters of the River Chancay about 160 km north of the capital Lima. The contractual scope for ANDRITZ HYDRO includes two horizontal, two-jets Pelton turbines with an output of 10 MW each, main inlet valves, and the hydraulic power units. Com­missioning is expected by mid 2016.

Peruvian landscape with snowy mountains
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HPP Gallito

Ciego: The Gallito Ciego hydropower plant, owned by Statkraft Peru, is located in the Jequetepeque Valley north of Lima. ANDRITZ HYDRO won a contract for the complete mechanical rehabilitation of one turbine, including a new runner, covers, a new shaft, wicket gates, links, levers, coupling bolts, installation supervision, and commissioning, which is scheduled for October 2016.

HPP Huinco and HPP Matucana:

The hydropower plants Huinco and Matu­cana are owned by EDEGEL, a company of the Enel Group, and are situated on the rivers Santa Eulalia and Rimac, respectively. After more than 40 years of continuous operation the rehabilitation of two generators at HPP Huinco and of one generator at HPP Matucana was necessary. The scope of the contract for ANDRITZ HYDRO comprises a new coil and rotor shaft for HPP Huinco and a new stator for HPP Matucana, as well as installation, supervision, electrical tests, and commissioning. The works on site will be carried out between 2017 and 2019.

All these projects confirm and consolidate the leading position of ANDRITZ HYDRO in the promising hydropower market of Peru.

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Population31.38 Mio.
Access to electricity91.2%
Installed hydro capacity2,842 M
Hydro capacity under construction1,530 MW
Share of generation from hydropower49%
Hydro generation20,551 GWh
Technically feasible hydro generation potential395,118 GWh              

Source: Hydropower & Dams World Atlas 2015 and the World Bank   

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