Government to construct hydro systems in Moco Moco, Kato and Tumatumari
With the use of renewable energy sources being sought by governing bodies across the world, the government of Guyana is pushing for the construction of small hydro systems in at least three hinterland locations.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, during an address to a gathering of engineers, technicians, students and representatives from various mechanical companies and organizations at a one-day hydropower-based seminar held recently announced that the Government will see to the construction of small hydro systems in areas such as Moco Moco, Kato and Tumatumari.
The government’s vision is to have new townships being powered by alternative energy sources, starting with Bartica.
Feasibility studies for a large hydropower development in the Mazaruni Region is being pursued with collaboration from the Government of Brazil.
After being approved in the National Assembly earlier last year, a Brazilian consortium undertook a pre-feasibility study to determine the potential of hydropower in the Upper and Middle Mazaruni.
The feasibility studies are intended to identify the social, environmental and economic impacts of a hydropower plant in the areas.
The study began in April, last year and was slated to last a year. A former government official had stated that the hydropower station in Upper Mazaruni would have an installed capacity of 3,000 megawatts and the other in Middle Mazaruni would have an installed capacity of 1,500 megawatts.
Over the next five years, Guyana will continue to examine all sources of energy—fossil fuels, wind, solar, baggasse and of course, hydropower. Guyana will also construct and promote the construction of small hydro systems at suitable locations across the country.
Independent power producers and suppliers will have the opportunity to construct energy farms and sell energy to the national grid.
Guyana’s current energy policy seeks to ensure that stable, reliable and affordable energy is provided to all persons in Guyana within an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable framework.
While the country is highly dependent on petroleum fuel imports to meet about 80% of its energy needs, Guyana’s vast natural resource base provides the country with significant options for the development of renewable energy sources.
The country’s energy policy, whilst recognizing the importance of clean, reliable, sustainable and affordable energy for development and the improved welfare of its people, is focused on developing and utilizing its own energy sources, improving efficiencies and energy conservation.
For Hinterland communities, the government is interested in piloting small scale fermentation and distillation techniques for the production of ethanol and biodiesel.
The legislation has been amended to remove import duty and tax barriers for the importation of renewable energy equipment, compact fluorescent lamps and LED lamps to incentivize and motivate energy efficient behaviour.
The National Energy Policy