El Cimarron is a 261MW hydro power project. It is planned on Lempa river/basin in Chalatenango, El Salvador. The project is currently in announced stage. It will be developed in single phase. The project construction is likely to commence in 2026 and is expected to enter into commercial operation in 2029.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 261 261 Announced Chalatenango, El Salvador Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa


The project is being developed and currently owned by Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa.

The project is expected to generate 653 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $550m.

The hydro power project consists of 4 turbines.

The project has 4 electric generators that will be installed at the project site.

Development Status

The project construction is expected to commence from 2026. Subsequent to that it will enter into commercial operation by 2029.

About Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa

Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa (CEL) is an energy company that offers hydroelectric and solar power generation solutions. The company generates electricity from hydro, solar, biogas, sea waves and wind energy sources. Its activities include photovoltaic research, wind research, electrical generation with biogas, electrical generation with sea waves, and others. CEL’s projects comprises El Chaparral hydroelectric project, Binational hydroelectric project, Photovoltaic Research project, Hydroelectric Guajoyo project and Large Hydroelectric Cerron project, among others. The company operates in La Paz, Santa Ana, Chalatenango, Cabanas, Usulutan and San Miguel. CEL is headquartered in San Salvador, El Salvador.


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