GEORGETOWN: The Government of Guyana has announced that construction of a multi-million dollar European Union-funded micro-hydro power system at Chiung Water Fall in Kato will begin next year.
The project, which is expected to begin in October 2013, is part of Government’s broader hinterland electrification program.
It will comprise a 330-kilowatt micro-hydropower station. Its primary energy source will be the head waterfall in the Chiung River, which is in the vicinity of Kato village.
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who made a visit to the area over the weekend, said the construction of the project is expected to be completed within 18 months.
The project, estimated at EUR2.4 million will be funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) program.
Electrical Engineer at the Office of the Prime Minister, Horace Williams, said that the flow of the Chiung River will be used to generate electricity. The other aspect of the project will be the construction of a pump station that will supply water to a storage facility with a capacity of 7,600 cubic metres.
Williams said the project will provide sufficient generating capacity for the Kato Secondary School to be constructed early next year, as well as existing government buildings such as the nursery and primary schools, police outpost and medical facilities.