Energy
Energia

We produce clean energy in our Siempre Viva and Salto Grande plants in the RAAN. To be able to use the hydraulic resource twice, these plants work in series, they are located at a distance of 13 kilometers from each other in the communities of Vesubio and Sakalwas near the zithromax 250mg headwaters of Río Pis-Pis.

The two plants have a combined generation capacity of 2.8 MW and function synchronized through 5 generators. This will increase to 5.5 MW in 2010, when an additional turbine goes on line in the Siempre Viva plant, and to 7 MW by 2012 with a new turbine in Salto Grande.

The role of these plants is to use the energy potential of the stored water in their respective reservoir, producing environmentally clean electric energy. If this process were not used, diesel plants would be needed, which would release greenhouse gasses and create environmental imbalance.

We have an electricity department comprised of 52 local workers who are developing skills in maintenance, distribution, control and generation of energy both for the industrial equipment and for the general population.

Siempre Viva Hydroelectric Generating Plant

This plant is located 17 kilometers from the mining complex with an average depth of 6 meters for a volume of 7.6 million m3 of water. The dam supplies 2 underground turbines through a 350-foot-long tunnel that discharges from a 140m long x 35 feet wide trough.

Salto Grande Hydroelectric Generating Plant

Salto Grande is located northeast of Bonanza, 7.2 km from the mining complex. The dam has an area of 27.7 hectares and a reservoir capacity of 1.4 million m3. Its generating capacity is 1.8 MW. In its first phase, the water from the dam passes through a 1,200-foot-long underground tunnel that connects to reinforced steel tubing which in turn supplies the water to the plant’s three turbines.

Energía

Safety

We have prepared an Emergency Response Plan to provide a competent, safe environment and viagra online order comply with existing regulations regarding management of the water and electricity industry. It describes the energy generating system, which includes tanks, dykes, drains and hydroelectric plants.

The plan has been coordinated with Civil Defense, the Bonanza Disaster Prevention Committee (COMUPRED) and the local population. Its primary objective is to save lives, the environment and protect the communities around the plants from any natural disaster or human error.

As part of this prevention work, we are also implementing a regular maintenance and repair plan in the dams and plants, as well as continually monitoring the safety.

Projects

As an extension of this energy initiative, we are developing feasibility studies for 5 more hydroelectric generating plants, and already have the corresponding provisional licenses.

The total capacity will reach 40 to 50 MW with these 5 plants located in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS) and in central Nicaragua. Construction of the first plant will get underway in 2010, immediately after the additional turbine in Siempre Viva goes on line. The last plant is expected to be finished by 2017