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Guyana’s Energy Potential. Jan 2008. Presentation Layout . Petroleum Hydropower Wind Power Bagasse Biomass Solar Power Biofuels Biogas . Petroleum. Guyana is heavily reliant on importation of petroleum products Guyana imports approximately 10,400 bpd

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Presentation Layout

  • Petroleum

  • Hydropower

  • Wind Power

  • Bagasse

  • Biomass

  • Solar Power

  • Biofuels

  • Biogas

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  • Guyana is heavily reliant on importation of petroleum products

  • Guyana imports approximately 10,400 bpd

  • Petroleum imports currently represents approx. 40% of Guyana’s GDP

  • Electricity generation for supply to the national grid is from petroleum imports

  • The national power company generates about 525GWh per year while other private generators account for an additional 140GWh, estimated.

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  • Total hydropower potential in the country is approximately 7,000MW

  • Most advanced project is the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project. Potential of about 100MW. Awaiting financial closure.

  • Tumatumari 34MW potential, signed MOU

  • Eclipse Falls 4MW, study being updated

  • Upper Mazaruni 1320MW, exclusive rights for 3 yrs from Feb, 2007

  • Turtruba 320MW MOU signed with Trinidadian firm

  • Arisaru 120 MW, MOU expired

  • Devil’s Hole 35MW to 62 MW, signed MOU

  • Kato, 0.3MW, Govt. trying to access funds for feasibility study

  • A 0.5 MW hydroelectric plant was commissioned in 1999 but in 2003 the area experienced heavy rainfall and landslides that put the Moco-Moco hydropower plant out of operation.

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Wind power

  • A wind farm with an installed capacity of about 13.5 MW is currently in its final stages of financial negotiation prior to construction

  • Guyana is continuing to assess its wind potential

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  • The sugar factories have traditionally used the bagasse generated from sugar cane as a source of fuel for the boilers.

  • Bagasse has a great potential for the combined generation of heat and electricity.

  • The modernized Skeldon sugar factory will be generating about 10MW of electricity for the national grid within a year.

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  • Guyana’s forested area accounts for about 70 to 80% of land area

  • The wood products and sawmilling industries in Guyana generate significant amounts of waste that can be converted to energy

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Solar Power

  • Solar photovoltaic (PV)systems are presently used primarily in the hinterland regions where grid power is not available

  • Guyana’s tropical climate and average daily solar irradiation of approx. 5 kWh/m2 makes the country suitable for solar power

  • Solar PV is used in health centres, schools, communities and homes for lighting, small appliance loads, water pumping and productive cottage industries.

  • Solar water heating is also presently being used in the country for domestic water heating

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  • A number of potential developers have expressed interest in producing ethanol in Guyana from various feedstock

  • Studies conducted in the past suggest a favourable climate for ethanol production from sugar cane, molasses, and other feedstock.

  • Guyana is currently producing biodiesel from palm oil

  • Small scale production of biodiesel from coconut oil and recycled vegetable oil is also being done

  • Guyana will not be converting any traditional food producing land for biofuel production.

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  • The use of methane has in Guyana has largely been underutilized.

  • Nevertheless, there is a large number of poultry and cattle-rearing areas that can be used for methane production

  • Potential exists for the use of landfill-based methane gas as a source of energy

  • In Aug, 2007, St. Stanislaus college constructed a biogas facility generating from cow manure. Cooks 3 meals for two families of 8 and runs a backup generator for 3 hours per day.

  • Canal No. 1, La Grange and KuruKururu have similar biogas facilities planned.

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  • Guyana Energy Agency Statistical Department

  • IDB Studies of New and Renewable Energies in Guyana, 1999.