Hydro Power Plant Pichi Picún Leufú (‘HPPL’)
The HPPL plant started operating in the year 1999 under a 30-year concession. HPPL is located on the Limay River, in the Province of Neuquén. It has an installed capacity of 285 MW distributed in 3 Kaplan turbines, which represents 0.7% of Argentina’s installed capacity. The dam is made up of loose materials with a waterproof concrete side. It has a total length of 1,045 meters, a total height of 54 meters at the deepest point of the foundation, and a crest at 480.2 m above sea level. From 2000 to 2018, HPPL’s average annual generation was 968 GWh, with a generation record high of 1,430 GWh in 2006, and a record low of 494 GWh in 2016.
The following chart shows certain relevant statistical data on HPPL:
|Net Generation (GWh)||760||886|
|Purchases of Energy (GWh)||–||–|
|Total Energy Sales (GWh)||760||886|
|Average Price (US$/MWh)||22||22|
|Average Gross Profit (US$/MWh)||12||15|
Note: Gross Margin before depreciation and amortization. AR$/US$ exchange rate: 2017 – 16.57; 2018 – 28.13.
|Plant||Unit||Installed Capacity (MW)||Start-Up||Type of Unit|