El Alto is a 66.9MW hydro power project. It is located on Chiriqui Viejo river/basin in Chiriqui, Panama. 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 commenced construction in 2011. Buy the profile here.


The project was developed by Cobra Gestion De Infraestructuras SLU 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 engineering procurement construction 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.

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About Cobra Gestion De Infraestructuras SLU

Cobra Gestion De Infraestructuras SLU (Grupo Cobra), a subsidiary of Actividades de Construccion y Servicios SA, is a provider of industrial services. It is engaged in construction, development, operation and maintenance of energy, industrial and mobility infrastructures. The company operates through water, gas, electricity and communication networks, specialized facilities and maintenance and integrated project business divisions. Its integrated project division provides engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of projects; and promotion and participation in concession assets. Grupo Cobra’s specialized facilities and maintenance activities comprise of construction, installation and maintenance of high voltage electrical network, railway installations, air conditioning systems, mechanical and naval assemblies, and others. The company has operations in Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe and the Americas. 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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