Amaila Falls Dam Profile
Capacity: 165 MW
Flooded Area: 23 Km2
Cost: US$ 840.3 million
Operational Status: Planned
Companies Involved: China Railway First Group (CRFG)
Funders Involved: China Development Bank (CDB) / The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
The Amaila Hydropower Project involves the construction of a hydropower plant in the area of west-central Guyana, where the Amaila and Kuribrong rivers meet. Electricity produced at the plant will be delivered to Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, and its second largest town, Linden, by an electric transmission line. Construction of the plant was scheduled to begin in late 2011. It is projected to take approximately four years to complete.
There are three parts to the Project:
Hydropower Plant. Construction of a dam where the Amaila and Kuribrong rivers meet will create a reservoir upstream of the dam. The Amaila storage dam site would be located near the top of Amaila Falls and would impound the waters of both the Kuribrong and Amaila Rivers. The project is expected to have the capacity to produce 165 MW of electricity by releasing impounded water through turbines specifically designed and built for the plan.
The flooded area of the reservoir would be approximately 8.8 square miles at full supply level of 1,400 feet and is heavily forested. The reservoir would be cleared for one-half mile upstream of the dam.
Transmission Lines. Electricity will be delivered from the hydropower plant to Georgetown and Linden through a high-voltage 230-kV transmission line that will be built along with electric substations in Linden and Georgetown. The 270 km long transmission line will be supported on towers approximately 36 m tall and 300 m apart, carrying two circuits thus providing redundancy in the event of loss of one circuit.
Access Road. In order to access the Project site, new roads will be constructed and some existing roads will be upgraded. A new road approximately 65 km long will be built connecting the project site to the existing Bartica-Potaro Road. Another new road approximately 20 km will be constructed from the existing Mabura Hills Highway to the Essequibo River. Other existing roads will be upgraded in order to provide access needed to move the equipment, supplies, and personnel to build the Project, as well as for future operation and maintenance of the plant and transmission lines. Construction of access roads began in 2010 and will be completed in advance of the construction of the Hydropower Facility.
Source: Amaila Hydropower Project
The China Development Bank has committed US$413.2 million.
The Inter-American Development Bank has been approached for US$175 million.
Blackstone/Sithe Group had committed to US$152.1 million, but reportedly backed out of the commitment in 2013.
The Guyanese government has committed equity of US$100 million.