Bonyic Dam

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Bonyic Dam
Bonyic Dam is located in Panama
Bonyic Dam
Location of Bonyic Dam
Country Panama
Location Changuinola
Coordinates 9°19′28.74″N 82°38′28.7″W / 9.3246500°N 82.641306°W / 9.3246500; -82.641306Coordinates: 9°19′28.74″N 82°38′28.7″W / 9.3246500°N 82.641306°W / 9.3246500; -82.641306
Purpose Power
Status Proposed
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Gravity, roller-compacted concrete
Impounds Bonyic River
Height 37 m (121 ft)
Length 165 m (541 ft)
Elevation at crest 244 m (801 ft)
Power station
Turbines 3 x 10.88 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 32.64 MW[1]

The Bonyic Dam is a proposed gravity dam on the Bonyic River, a tributary of the Teribe River about 24 km (15 mi) southwest of Changuinola in the Bocas del Toro province of northwestern Panama. The project seeks to produce hydroelectricity at a 32.64 MW power station about 3.8 km (2 mi) downstream of the dam. The builder and operator is Hidroécología Teribe (HET) S.A., a private Panamanian company whose majority stockholder is Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM), a public utility company owned by the municipal government of Medellín, Colombia. The dam construction has been subject to controversies that have resulted in the removal of its funding by the Inter-American Development Bank.[2] The Bonyic dam would obstruct access for migrating fish to La Amistad International Park. Members of the local indigenous people, the Naso, have periodically blockaded the single road to delay construction for a cumulative total of four years.[3]

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  1. ^ "Bonyic hydroelectric project" (PDF). UN Clean Development Mechanism. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Intra-American Development Bank (IDB). 2004. Bonyic Hydroelectric Project Abstract. Loan project description.
  3. ^ Rodríguez Sanjur, Pedro. 2012. “Despejan acceso a la presa Bonyic.” La Prensa. Panama. 21 Sep. 2013.