The Baba project – which also includes irrigation and flood control benefits – is to be completed in late 2009. The scheme involves construction of a dam at the confluence of the Babi and Toachi rivers, and conveyance of the water to the existing Daule Peripa reservoir.

Being built on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis, the project will boost output at the 213MW Marcel Laniado de Wind (MLW) plant by an additional 388GWh per year. The MLW has used less than half its installed capacity, and the additional output is expected to be commercially available from December 2009.

Just over a year ago the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) approved a loan of US$87.8M for the project, which is being developed by Odebrecht. The budget for the Baba project is US$195.2M.