El Alto is a 66.9MW hydro power project. It is located on Chiriqui Viejo river/basin in Chiriqui, Panama. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project commenced construction in 2011.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 66.9 66.9 Active Chiriqui, Panama Cobra Gestion de Infraestructuras; Hydro Caisan


The project was developed by Cobra Gestion de Infraestructuras and Hydro Caisan. The project is currently owned by Panama Power Holdings.

El Alto is a run-of-river project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 3.9 million cubic meter. The net head of the project is 132m. The penstock length is 368m. The project generated 270 GWh of electricity.

Development Status

The project commenced construction in 2011.

Contractors Involved

S.E.L.I was selected to render EPC services for the hydro power project.

Andritz Hydro was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 3 units of francis turbines, each with 22.3MW nameplate capacity.

Alconza Berango, S.L supplied 3 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 26.47 MVA.

About Cobra Gestion de Infraestructuras

Cobra Gestion de Infraestructuras SA (Grupo Cobra), a subsidiary of Actividades de Construccion y Servicios SA, is an engineering and infrastructure company which develops, builds, operates and maintains industrial facilities and power plants. The company’s business areas include renewable energy sources and the environment; industrial engineering and plants; networks and grid infrastructure, installation, assembly and services; and technology and systems. It also offers services such as EPC construction, operation, maintenance and sale of power generated by thermal plants and wind farms. It serves oil and gas, power generation, infrastructure and energy sectors, among others. The company has a presence in North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa. Grupo Cobra is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

About Hydro Caisan

Hydro Caisan S.A., is a Panamanian Corporation owned by three principal shareholders: Hydro Energy Financial Corp., a private Panamanian
investor group, Hidroenergetica, S. A. a consulting engineering firm located in Panama City; and MacEnergy (Cayman) Ltd., a company
engaged in the development of power projects. The company is a special purpose entity formed to develop, own and construct the hydro electric Project.


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