The Arequipa regional government in Peru and power distributor Luz del Sur have signed a contract to advance development of the 480-MW Majes Siguas II hydro project.
This agreement covers the construction of the Lluta and Lluclla plants, which combined will cost an estimated US$970 million.
The regional government authorized the award of the private initiative to Luz del Sur in December 2017. Work on the project is expected to begin in August 2018, according to BNamericas. And the plants are anticipated to be operational by the end of 2023.
The hydroelectric facilities are part of a larger multipurpose water complex. An 89-m-tall dam will be built to provide irrigation water for the Colca valley.
Luz del Sur is a Peruvian utility company that distributes electricity to more than 800,000 customers. Other hydro projects the company is working on include 139-MW Santa Teresa and 280-MW Santa Teresa 2.