“I have visited Cuba and seen the hydro potential first hand and witnessed the enthusiasm and skills of the exceptionally qualified Cuban workforce. Blending these together with the experience and knowledge Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon has developed over 160 years in the hydropower sector and I am convinced the partnership will provide a substantial contribution to Cuba’s renewable energy needs”.
CWN CREWDSON OBE
Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd
The development of small 1 to 3 MW hydro stations up to 30MW’s
Hydroelectricity is second only to biomass in Cuba's renewable energy picture. Cuba has many small rivers which are well suited for micro-hydro generators.
Cuba has more than 90 years of experience in hydroelectricity which was one of the most utilised renewable energy technologies in Cuba in the first half of the 20th century. The two oldest hydro power plants built in Cuba date back to 1912 (Pilotos, Pinar del Río province, 200 kW) and 1917 (Guaso, Guantánamo province, 1.75 MW). Both plants are still operating.
Havana Energy has partnered with Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd, one of the oldest and most respected UK turbine manufacturers. Gilkes have been producing turbines since 1850.
Havana Energy together with Gilkes are working with the Ministry of Basic industries to install a series of turbines up to 30MW. Plans are agreed that over time there will be a co-production of the turbines in the industrial plants in Cuba.