Peru in talks with Brazilian builder about restarting mega dam
By Teresa Cespedes
LIMA, March 12 (Reuters) - Peru is talking with Brazilian construction giant OAS about resuming construction on a $4 billion hydroelectric plant that has been stalled since 2011 because of local opposition, an official said on Wednesday.
Jesus Ramirez, general manager of state-run electricity company Electroperu, said in an interview that discussions about restarting the controversial 2,000-megawatt Inambari project started with the company last year.
An OAS representative in Peru said by telephone that the company did not have any comment.
The megaproject, in the Peruvian Amazon near the border with Brazil, was halted in June 2011 by the government of former President Alan Garcia amid protests by nearby indigenous communities.
The project would dam a river and flood lands where people now live, requiring the relocation of villages.
Inambari, opposed by several local and foreign indigenous and environmental groups, must be built before four other dams planned in the region can go forward, Ramirez said.
Ramirez said OAS reached out to Electroperu to help secure environmental permits and make progress with communities.
"We are talking about creating the right conditions...to develop these projects socially and environmentally," said Ramirez. Continuación...