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Paraguay harnesses all energy from Yacyreta plant for the first time

Asuncion, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Paraguay started Monday, for the first time in its history, to harness the full 50% of the energy generated by the Yacyreta Hydroelectric Power Plant, operated in conjunction with Argentina.

“The technical conditions are in place for our country to withdraw 100% of that electricity and use it for local consumption, whose demand is increasing,” the president of the National Electricity Administration, engineer Felix Sosa detailed in a press conference.

National authorities analyzed in a meeting on Monday how to leverage the use of that energy which corresponds to Paraguay, particularly the one produced in the known Yacyreta Binational Entity (EBY), whose other 50% corresponds to Buenos Aires.

The full domestic exploitation of such resource was ordered by President Santiago Peña, amid a lawsuit with Argentina for a debt alleged by Asuncion of USD$ 150 million, for session and energy consumption.

Several press media stated Argentina would now have to look for new regional generating sources of hydroelectric energy, if the dispute pursues without any other solution than the Paraguayan use of the surplus electricity that Asuncion used to cede to Buenos Aires until now.


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