Bukele’s liberal reforms have made El Salvador an vitality exporter


The president of the Central Financial institution of El Salvador, Douglas Rodríguez, confirmed that between January and July of this yr, the nation achieved a web export of as much as US$31 million, making it now not an vitality importer from Honduras or Nicaragua.

Underneath the financial program of Nayib Bukele, vitality exports elevated by 3290% in comparison with the identical interval final yr.

The vitality sector performed a outstanding function in including worth to GDP.

Energía del Pacífico (EDP) power plant. (Photo internet reproduction)
Energía del Pacífico (EDP) energy plant. (Photograph web copy)

Within the yr’s second quarter alone, vitality manufacturing elevated by 15.3%, a outstanding determine contemplating that the general financial system grew by 2.6% year-on-year throughout this era.

“El Salvador has by no means been capable of produce vitality to satisfy its personal wants, it has diversified its vitality matrix, and we now not rely solely on hydroelectric crops but in addition on geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, and pure fuel, and that makes us a dynamic growing nation with a good financial setting,” defined Douglas Rodríguez.

President Bukele promoted a speedy liberalization of obstacles to international direct funding within the nation, favoring the arrival of personal capital to diversify manufacturing and enhance the vitality sector.

The Salvadoran authorities’s Comisión Ejecutiva Hidroeléctrica del Río Lempa participated in and promoted the inauguration of the Energía del Pacífico (EDP) energy plant.

That is a global subsidiary of the U.S. firm Invenergy, which has determined to take a position as much as US$1 billion, making the most of the brand new authorized framework that respects property rights.

The vitality investments with international personal capital are an important in El Salvador’s historical past. They’ve been the principle cause for the report dynamism of the sector and its exports to neighboring international locations resembling Guatemala.

“This undertaking is proof that cash is sufficient when nobody steals. Since Might 1, when the system grew to become operational, we already see optimistic outcomes from the EDP, as El Salvador has not imported a single megawatt of vitality and has been capable of take part within the leverage of financial measures and assist the worth of vitality,” Bukele defined.

Measures have additionally been taken to include vitality costs perceived within the home market. Amongst different measures, Bukele introduced the suspension of the tax on transportation tariffs and lowered tariffs on imports of vitality sources and meals.


This plant is the most important and best energy plant in El Salvador. It gives roughly one-third of the nation’s electrical energy provide with clear electrical energy and can assist scale back its dependence on oil and heavy gas oil for energy technology.

The undertaking includes a 378-megawatt (MW) pure gas-fired energy plant, a floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), and an roughly 44-kilometer electrical transmission line connecting to the Central American Electrical Interconnection System, strengthening the nation’s electrical grid.

EDP introduces a brand new supply of thermal technology to El Salvador via energy buy agreements with seven of the nation’s distribution corporations.

U.S.-based Invenergy, a number one privately held world developer and operator of sustainable vitality options, developed EDP in partnership with El Salvador-based companions Grupo Calleja, VC Vitality de Centroamerica, and Quantum Vitality.

“Energía del Pacífico is a transformational undertaking for El Salvador and the complete area – a shining instance of the big alternative that may be created, regardless of prior obstacles, when personal initiatives have robust authorities assist,” mentioned Michael Polsky, Invenergy Founder, and Chief Govt Officer.

“Leveraging our many years of improvement, engineering, finance, building, and working expertise, Invenergy is uniquely positioned to guide this partnership and execute this complicated undertaking.”

EDP and Shell have executed a long-term settlement to provide LNG for the undertaking.

In partnership with BW LNG and BW Offshore, LNG shall be transformed to pure fuel on an FSRU that shall be completely moored offshore.

Saam Towage will present tug assist companies for the undertaking. LNG delivered to the FSRU shall be regasified and transported from the FSRU to the ability plant via a sub-sea pipeline to be engineered and constructed by maritime infrastructure contractor Boskalis.




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