Country Report Panama March 1998 Main report

Infrastructure: Thermal power generation rises steeply

While total electricity production rose by 5.9% last year, thermal output increased by close to 40% as new plant came on stream, while hydroelectric generation fell as water resources were hit by El Nino, late in the year. This is a reversal of the recent trend.

Electricity production (m kwh) 1996 1997 % change Total 3,824 4,050 5.9 Thermal/diesel 821 1,148 39.8 Hydro 3,003 2,902 -3.4 Source: MIPPE.

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