Under the project, Peligre will recover its original 54MW installed generation capacity by overhauling its three turbines and modernizing its electromechanical equipment and control systems.

The Inter-American Development Bank, the German development finance agency KfW and OFID, OPEC’s fund for international development, are providing the funds to finance the three-year, $48.8m rehabilitation contract.

At present the 40-year-old plant operates at a fraction of its potential, forcing Haiti to rely on thermal generators that run on expensive imported fossil fuels.

At the same time as it restores Peligre’s generation capacity, state utility EdH will carry out investments to upgrade the power transmission line connecting the hydroelectric plant with Port-au-Prince as well the capital’s electricity distribution network.