The Yacyretá Binational Entity (EBY) of Paraguay reported this Wednesday that the average flow of the Paraná River in the month of February 2022 was 6,600 cubic meters per second, the lowest figure in the last 120 years, generating a loss of 100 million dollars to the company.
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According to the hydroelectric plant, the decrease in the river system affects several social programs promoted by the entity, as well as various sectors, including the agricultural production of the South American nation.
In this sense, Yacyretá reported that due to the decrease in the riverbed it is necessary to suspend the hydraulic maneuver “Water Window”, a joint operation between the Itaipú and Yacyretá binationals, allowed after negotiations between the National Foreign Ministry of Paraguay and Brazil.
Likewise, the hydroelectric dam specified that the low average registered flow of the Paraná River prevents the agglomeration of large vessels in the river section due to the high depths in the channel that protrude due to the water deficit.
“The objective is to have more flow and, consequently, to have the level of height necessary for the river to be able to navigate in the area of the Yacyretá navigation lock, up to the confluence of the Paraguay rivers with the Paraná”, pointed out the entity.
It should be noted that, on March 25, the directors of the Yacyretá Binational Entity will analyze the annual financial budget, after the reported drop in the flow of the Paraná River.