TEGUCIGALPA – More than 100 Hondurans on Tuesday demanded the government of Porfirio Lobo pay some $70 million in compensation for the expropriation of 10,000 hectares in the department of Olancho, where a hydroelectric plant project is being developed by a Chinese company.“You want the Patuca III project? Then pay,” read some banners carried by residents of Patuca, a town located 220 miles east of Tegucigalpa, where the project is been built.The government signed an agreement on Feb. 2, 2011, to pay compensation by last October, but landowners have received only 40 percent of the agreed amount, according to Miguel Navarro, president of the board of landowners.Navarro said the dam reservoir and infrastructure will cover some 10,000 hectares expropriated by the government from 400 owners, who he said are still owed $70 million.On April 16, 2011, the Honduran government signed a $50.5 million contract with Chinese firm Sinohydro – one of the world’s largest hydroelectric companies – for the construction of the first stage of the project, which began a month later, despite the lack of diplomatic relations between the two countries.The funds were invested in the construction of a tunnel to divert the powerful flow of the Patuca River, as well as camps for workers and an improvement in access roads to the mountainous areas.A new $350 million contract for the second phase is expected to be signed in coming months to build the dam that will form Lake Patuca, and for the installation of turbines and engine rooms, so that the first tests can be carried out in October.The plant will generate 104 megawatts per hour in the first stage, later expanding to 600 MW per hour. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Go back to the enewsletterGeelong Art Gallery curator, Jason SmithThis year, Captain’s Choice, curators of some of the world’s most life-enriching travel experiences, will introduce an extraordinary new cultural adventure, ‘The Art Journey’. Created in collaboration with Morry Schwartz, owner of The Saturday Paper and The Monthly, the journey takes travellers to the centre of the art world, beginning in Paris with an immersion in the arts scene, moving to Italy for a true insider’s view of the Venice Biennale and finishing in Milan with a tour of the city’s private collections and fashion shows.The specialist host throughout the 16-day adventure is respected curator Jason Smith, director of the Geelong Art Gallery and previously Head of Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery and Director of Heidi Museum of Modern Art.Timed to coincide with the Biennale, ‘The Art Journey’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to delve deep into the world of art, artists, collectors and experts, departing on 14 September, 2019.The Parisian leg of the journey takes in highlights such as an exclusive tour of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton and a rare private viewing and dinner at the Picasso museum, hosted by its director, Laurent Le Bon. Transferring to Italy on board the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient Express, guests will gain a true insider’s perspective of the Venice Biennale with an exclusive meeting with Australia’s Biennale representative, artist Angelica Mesiti; private viewings of iconic collections such as the Pinault Collection at Palazzo Grassi and the Victoria Miro Gallery; and culminating in a private masquerade ball in the breathtaking Salone Marco Polo at the Hotel Danieli.In Milan, guests will enjoy a private viewing of the Prada Foundation as well as taking their seats at numerous shows during Milan Fashion Week.With just 50 guests, The Art Journey is intimate and luxurious. Accommodation is first class, from the iconic Le Royal Monceau-Raffles in Paris – which has been totally transformed by French designer Philippe Starck – to the stunning Hotel Danieli in Venice, a converted 14th-century palazzo which has played host to such luminaries as Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Peggy Guggenheim and Stephen Spielberg. The tour’s final stay is at the Milan Mandarin Oriental, a charming 18th-century luxury hotel located in the Quadrilatero fashion district.The Art Journey is a part of the new Dimensions of Travel Portfolio by Captain’s Choice, which presents journeys meticulously designed to singular themes – from a yoga experience in the Himalayas to Antarctic adventure with a famous explorer – giving travellers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the extraordinary. Accompanying these journeys are local experts with in-depth knowledge and amazing stories to share.See www.captainschoice.com.auGo back to the enewsletter