Ecuador: Correa Supervises Thermal Turbines Installation

Dec 23, 2009 Full story: Prensa Latina 8

Quito, Dec 23 Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is supervising one of the seven turbines of thermal generation, which were acquired because of the energy crisis of the country for the prolonged drought, that will begin functioning on Wednesday in Manta.

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Su Gente

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#1 Dec 29, 2009
Didn't I tell you? When a country like Ecuador (or even Venezuela) needs help for a national disaser like these electrical outages they always know they can count on the U.S. for help. And we'll always be there. Stupid gringos that we are. The question is: will they be there to help us when we need help? Espero que si!
Ecuachet

Woburn, MA

#2 Dec 30, 2009
I wonder if the government charged outragous import taxes on this machinery! Taxes on machinery used for the means of production of other "goods" doesn't count I guess. On a different note, Su Gente, you probably know most Ecuadorians would be most helpful; el Presidente marches to his own noise!
Su Gente

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#4 Dec 31, 2009
Dear Ecuachet, yes the taxes on such machinery would be terrible. I just hope these turbines help su gente en Ecuador. And I do know that the people of Ecuador would be most helpful and appreciative and I also know that Presidente Raffy has his own plan for himself and his amigos. I hope you had a great Christmas and that you will have a wonderful Nuevo Ano tambien mi amigo.

Su Amigo en Florida
latino_gringo

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#5 Jan 5, 2010
These GE Turbines from Texas was a stop gap effort to help stop the blackouts twice a day. President Raffy took out a loan and is having a Chinese company build another hydroelectric plant. This makes NO SENSE as there is NO WATER, and we are supposed to be in the rainy season now.

Instead of being a forward thinker, Ecuador has many thermal vents just 1.5 miles down off the coast. These could be harnessed to provide more then enough electricity without any harm to the environment, or putting a dam on another 'river' that will have no water in the end.

Water and electricity is important but this president haven't help is people with creating any jobs. My friends and some relatives have been out of work for over one year! And there are no jobs in the near future, and if there were, they would pay nothing. Average monthly salary here is $300-$400!
Su Gente

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#6 Jan 6, 2010
Dear Latino_Gringo, you are right again about geo-thermal energy. Ecuador has an abundance of such potential energy but they don't have the initiative to go get it. Doing business with the Chinese isn't a great idea; the USA will one day pay a very dear price for this stupidity. I, too, have many underpaid friends throughout Ecuador and I pray that one day I can win this Florida lotto so I can help each of them myself.
latino_gringo

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#7 Jan 6, 2010
Su Gente wrote:
Dear Latino_Gringo, you are right again about geo-thermal energy. Ecuador has an abundance of such potential energy but they don't have the initiative to go get it. Doing business with the Chinese isn't a great idea; the USA will one day pay a very dear price for this stupidity. I, too, have many underpaid friends throughout Ecuador and I pray that one day I can win this Florida lotto so I can help each of them myself.
It is funny, when you go shopping for almost anything and look where the items are made, guess what? They are Made in China! Sound familiar to you in FL?

Thanks you for your kind comments. I wish you luck with the Lotto so you can help your friends here in Ecuador. Be well and be happy!
Ecuachet

Quito, Ecuador

#9 Jan 11, 2010
Back in Ecuador after 6 months in Maine. Nice to get away from the cold! Understand itīs even nose-dripping cold in Florida now. Spent New Years eve at Tonsupa, great! I see that things have dried up pretty well here, though. Hills that used to be grass covered around Pusuqui have turned into mounds of sand; not a good sign - unless your hauling sand for cement production. I have met many grad-level students here who are largely into the notion of ĻsustainabilityĻ, and I havenīt heard one of them mention the geothermal possibilities. I did hear that Raffy wasnīt too pleased with the consideration and control the Chinese would want over loan funds to Ecuador; maybe its back to the IMF! With the disapperance of water around these parts, it does make the expense of building a large dam seem odd. What about wind power? What about harnessing the intense heat of the sun here? I donīt know. On a side note, a cop told my wife that I couldnīt be a gringo, because I lacked the funds; based upon my income and bank account I had to be an Ecuadorian!
Su Gente

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#10 Jan 12, 2010
Ecuachet, that idea of being an Ecuadorian due to your funds situation is wild! Was this cop looking for a "contribution" at the time? A number of mis amigos and I were considering a wind farm down there but the start up isn't cheap and there's also the idea that one would need some real data on winds before proceeding. But this and other geo-thermal ideas are truly excellent. What are you doing down in Ecuador, if I may ask. Ps, I'm also into the sustainability idea and plan to make that my mission once I return to Manta. And I hope that's soon cause I'm tired of this "nose-dripping cold in Florida!!!" Thank Zeus I have a home with a fireplace!

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