Rio Macho is a 141MW hydro power project. It is located on Macho, Tapantí, Blanco, and Pejibaye river/basin in Cartago, Costa Rica. The project is currently active. It has been developed in multiple phases. The project construction commenced in 1959 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1963.
|Project Type||Total Capacity (MW)||Active Capacity (MW)||Pipeline Capacity (MW)||Project Status||Project Location||Project Developer||Hydropower||141||141||–||Active||Cartago, Costa Rica||Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad|
The project is developed and owned by Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The company has a stake of 100%.
Rio Macho is a reservoir based project. The gross head of the project is 460m. Rio Macho underwent through rehabilitation & modernization during 2015.
The project construction commenced in 1959 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1963.
Rio Macho (Rio Macho – I) is equipped with Andritz Hydro pelton turbines. The phase consists of 2 turbines with 18MW nameplate capacity.
Rio Macho (Rio Macho – II) is equipped with Andritz Hydro pelton turbines. The phase consists of 2 turbines with 35MW nameplate capacity.
Rio Macho (Rio Macho – III) is equipped with Andritz Hydro pelton turbine. The phase consists of 1 turbine with 35MW nameplate capacity.
The electric generators for the project were procured from Andritz Hydro and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
About Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad
Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) is a electricity company which generates power through hydro, geothermal, wind, biomass and solar sources. The company’s service offerings include engineering and design, underground, civil, metal, mechanical and electro-mechanical works; operation and maintenance of electric generation plants, supervision, inspection, online payment and other related services. It also develops smart grids and electric mobility solutions. ICE offers fiber optic networks, satellite communication platforms and high-speed underwater connections. The company also offer services such as voice, data and communication services through fixed and mobile telecommunication networks. It provide services to residential, business, private and public organizations. ICE is headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica.
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