Cerron grande is a 170MW hydro power project. It is located on Lempa river/basin in Chalatenango, El Salvador. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the project is currently active. It has been developed in a single phase. The project construction commenced in 1972 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1976. Buy the profile here.


The project is developed and owned by Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa. The company has a stake of 100%.

Cerron grande is a reservoir based project. The gross head and net head of the project are 57m and 42m respectively. Cerron grande underwent through rehabilitation & modernization during 2003-2007. The project generated 488 GWh of electricity.

Development status

The project construction commenced in 1972 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1976.

Contractors involved

Andritz Hydro was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 2 units of francis turbines, each with 85MW nameplate capacity.

The electric generators for the project were procured from ABB Asea Brown Boveri and Andritz Hydro.

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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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