Sopladora Dam Profile
Capacity: 487 MW
Cost: US$ 735.2 million
Operational Status: Under Construction
Companies Involved: China Gezhouba Group / Hidropaute S/A
Funders Involved: El Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) / The Export-Import Bank of China (China Ex-Im) / The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
Investment Plans: Plan Maestro de Electrificación 2021, Ecuador
- Sopladora is located downstream of the hydroelectric Paute Molino, the largest in the country. Integrating the hydroelectric complex planned for the Paute River, which is also composed by the hydroelectric plants Mazar (under construction) and Cardenillo (under study).
- Sopladora will not have a reservoir. It will use the waters discharged from the Paute Molino plant, which is supplied by the reservoir Amazula.
Scheduled to start operating in 2014.
Hidropaute S/A is controlled by the state-owned Corporacion Electrica del Ecuador (Conelec).
Protected areas affected:
Sangay National Park.
Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF).