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Bolivia – Energy Minister signs letter of intent

Government consultations enable the development of several wind and solar power plants for electricity supply to villages and for CO2-free lithium extraction as the basis for electro-mobility.

The photo taken in the entrance area of the Presidential Palace shows (from left to right) Mara Rockenbach, Ubbo de Witt, Neela Kröger and José Gómez Pérez.

The photo of the meeting with Energy Minister Rafael Alarcón Orihuela shows (from left to right) Ubbo de Witt, Projekt GmbH, Mara Rockenbach, Ecoprojeto, Minister Orihuela, General Director for Business Cooperation and Coordination Horacio Usquiano Vargas and Neela Kröger, Projekt Ökovest GmbH.

On 15 January 2019, the Bolivian Energy Minister, Rafael Alarcón Orihuela, met with Ubbo de Witt, the Managing Director of Projekt GmbH, in La Paz, the world's highest-altitude capital. In the new Presidential Palace (Casa Grande del Pueblo), they signed a letter of intent about the joint development of several wind and solar power plants for a generating volume of 100 MW.

Mara Rockenbach, the Managing Director of Brazilian company Ecoprojeto Ltda., a subsidiary of Projekt Ökovest GmbH, and José Gómez Pérez Britto, who is responsible at Projekt GmbH for international project development and commercial project evaluation, had previously presented the project proposals for Bolivia in preparation for the government consultations.

The extensive talks were aimed at demonstrating to the Bolivian representatives a prospect that

  • Secures the supply of renewable energy to rural areas, eliminating the need for costly diesel supply as well as installation of new pipelines, and

  • Secures lithium production to ensure a value-creating chain using renewable energies for electro-mobility in Germany that is as far as possible free of CO2 emissions

First, the proposals were presented in depth to Deputy Minister for the Strategic Development of Bolivia, Hianny Rubén Romero Gómez. Then the Energy Minister and his staff examined them thoroughly.

The Minister was particularly impressed by the idea of erecting completely overhauled used plants from Germany with a long remaining service life that would allow low-cost generation of renewable energy in Bolivia. More than 3 million people in rural areas have either no access to electricity, or rely on diesel generators. Up to 65% of Bolivia's energy supply is conventionally generated, mainly from oil and gas.

"We were deeply moved by our trip to Chacaltaya, which at an altitude of 5,200 m was once known as the world's highest ski resort. However, due to global warming, the glacier shrank dramatically over the last century and disappeared altogether in 2009. That's another motivation for us to implement the planned projects as quickly as possible together with the Bolivian government", says Dipl.-Phys. Ubbo de Witt, Managing Director of Projekt GmbH.

Since 1993, with Projekt GmbH, we have implemented wind energy projects of all sizes, both onshore and offshore, so far with a power of more than 1 gigawatt. As a wind energy specialist, we are one of the leading operators of prototypes and draw on all the necessary product and management know-how. Furthermore, as an independent service provider Projekt GmbH advises customers over the whole duration of their project and takes care of technical operation management of existing wind farms. Our customers include listed companies, municipal utilities, banks, asset management companies and landowners.

Projekt Ökovest GmbH, founded in 1996, initiates, finances and manages its own projects in the field of renewable energy systems and sustainable forestry. There is another focus on evaluations and feasibility studies for green construction projects, especially wind energy projects. For many years, the company has been responsible for the commercial management of wind farms. Based on our longstanding cooperation with banks and respected financial services providers, we guarantee solid financial planning and expert support in every phase of your project. So far, Projekt Ökovest has financed and marketed projects with a power of more than 650 megawatts. Included here are community wind farms, development of onshore and offshore projects with venture capital up to the securing of permits as well as prototypes and projects of our own.

Press:

www.nwzonline.de/oldenburg/wirtschaft/oldenburg-energie-solar-und-windkraftwerke-fuer-bolivien-geplant (german)

Jornal de Chapada (portuguese)

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