Mar 25, 2011 News
Senior Vice President of Sithe Global, Rafael Herz, insists that his company can successfully build the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Plant.
He was responding to the fact that “Sithe Global” has never completed a hydropower plant and its only hydro electric project is the controversial Bujagali plant in Uganda.
According to Herz, Sithe has a history and has existed since the early 1980s, but has gone through many mergers, acquisitions and name changes.
He said that the immediate predecessor of Sithe Global was called Sithe Energies, and had completed a very challenging hydroelectric plant in the Philippines.
Herz said that a colleague of his, who has worked with him on the Amaila Falls Plant, was project manager for the construction of the plant in the Philippines.
The senior executive informed that during the days of Sithe Energies, several smaller hydro electric plants were completed in the US. He noted that the CEO of Sithe started his career by building and developing such facilities in that country.
Herz insisted that the Bujugali project will be finished soon, and “at some point, maybe the next time, we can maybe bring you some videos and show you the advancement of that project …it is a project that will be finalised.”
Herz was previously Senior Vice President of Sithe Energies, with responsibility for the development, financing and acquisition of major gas and solid fuel electric generating facilities in Latin America.
This newspaper had reported that “Sithe Global” has never completed a hydro electric plant and this was confirmed by Herz who stated that it is Sithe Energies that has built such facilities.
Illustrated on the company’s website www.sitheglobal/projects.cfm, the only project listed as completed and operational for Sithe Global is a natural gas-fuelled combined cycle generating station in operation in Brampton, Ontario, called the Goreway Station, which has a capacity of 875 MW (nominal net output).
Sithe Global has two projects under construction – the controversial Bujagali Hydroelectric in Uganda, and the Mariveles Station, which is a 600 MW station on the Bataan Peninsula, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.
The Mariveles project, according to the company “will consist of two identical 300 MW power blocks using proven Pulverized Coal Combustion technology.”
Apart from the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project the company has several projects as, “In Development” and notably none of them are Hydro Electric Projects. Listed are: Desert Rock Energy Project, Live Oaks Project, Meerwind Project, SG Sustainable Oils, Southdown Station Project, Teramo Project and the Toquop Project.
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