Colombian company Risaralda Generacion de Energia has been granted the environmental permit that will enable it proceed with the construction of the Morro Azul hydroelectric power station.

The $45.4m plant will be located in the Cauca river basin, where there are two important tributaries – the Risaralda and Guatica rivers, reports local newspaper El Diario de Otun.

Construction will start in the second half of this year, with the hydro facility scheduled to be operational by 2014.

The output from the 19.9 MW hydropower plant will be fed into Colombia’s national power grid via a line owned and operated by local utility Central Hidroelectrica de Caldas (Chec).

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