Cheves Hydropower Project - Hydropower in Peru
The Cheves hydropower project is Statkraft’s largest project in Peru. The project construction was completed in 2015 and officially opened on September 15th, 2015.
- Ownership: Statkraft 100%
- Capacity: 168 MW
- Development phase: Operation
The main corporate responsibility focus for the project has been, and will continue to be, ensuring a social license to operate by maintaining good relations with local government and surrounding communities, as well as conducting comprehensive environmental monitoring programs to comply with Peruvian legislation and international standards.
In 2015, an Environmental and Social Management Plan for Operation was prepared, describing the anticipated community development programs for the next three years, as well as the environmental monitoring related to water quality, biology, electromagnetic radiation (at substations and transmission lines) and other environmental parameters. The development programs focus on the areas of infrastructure development, capacity building/training, education, and business and technical development initiatives. In 2015 two studies, a Perception study and a Quality of life study, were carried out to assess the perception of the project in local communities. The Perception study asked for feedback on eight items, including “Cheves’ contribution to improve local conditions”, “Perception as to whether Cheves generates any local benefit” and “Degree of trust”. The highest score was related to degree of trust in the Cheves management, whilst the lowest score was related to whether local conditions have improved due to the presence of Cheves. The “Quality of Life” study for the affected communities was requested by the government as an Environmental Impact Assessment requirement. It contained 5 items, with the highest score for “Promotion of capacity building, especially production-related capacities” and the lowest “Help provided to new and existing businesses in the community”. Several targets have been adapted based on the results from the surveys, including giving priority to social investments in communities within the area of direct influence; implementing a community business development plan and providing support and training to local businesses. In addition, all outstanding issues from the construction period were closed, such as the revegetation of the disturbed sites and spoil areas with local cactus species. This was achieved by planting up to 115 % of the original planned seeds, taking into account natural mortality rates.
As requested by IFC, a former lender to the project, an Environmental Flow Management Plan will be implemented during the operational phase. The plan outlines complementary monitoring parameters for water quality, geomorphology, hydrobiology and vegetation.
Bank stabilisation measures above the Huauru dam ahead of operation
Promotion of local products and businesses in the project area at opening of Cheves