National Projects

“Feasible” and “Prefeasible” Projects are highlighted in yellow.

B.4. Renewable Energy (Private: Biomass Combustion Energy Generation)

ENE401: Generation of Biomass Combustion Energy Generation, 320 MW in the next 3 years (1,000 MW in

Amount:

US $ 640,000,000

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Location:

25 posibles ubicaciones identificadas

Description: The Project goal is to generate 1,000 MW in a 10-year period through 25 40MW generation plants, each one installed in different sites throughout the national territory.  It is expected that in the next 3 years 8 generation plants will be built to produce a total of 320 MW.  Each plant installed will need 4,000 hectares of bio-energy products grown by each plant, from which 2000 hectares will be produced by 100 independent, community producers, that is 20 hectares by producer.

D.5. Infrastructure (Railway)

INF501: Honduras Inter-Oceanic Railway (FIH)

Amount:

US $ 6,000,000,000

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Nacional

Description: The Inter-Oceanic Railway of Honduras (here referred to by its acronym FIH) is an ultra-modern project to be funded and operated by foreign and domestic private sector. The Honduran government would act as co-manager, facilitator and regulator. To make this work to become attractive and efficient, it must be equipped with the latest technological advances, both in port facilities and in their lines of communication between the varíous points, in order to substantially reduce the transportation cost per ton-km compared to the passage of the Panama Canal, or by any other means in use. This technological equipment should be versatile enough to be used for a period not less than fifty years. This implies that for the design and construction must resort to technology to the most advanced countries in this type of facility.

The railroad operated by electricity is seen as the most appropriate technology from the perspective of costs per ton, speed, security, transportation, maintenance and energy costs, as well as from the environmental point of view, compared with other transportation alternatives including a "superhighway."

 It will be essential that the means of transportation includes the construction of tunnels some appreciable length and dimension.  In addition, it will require the integration of the new railroad track to the road infrastructure and to port locations already identified, to the construction or expansion of two population centers at the ends of the route to provide world class services. First-class roads and rural roads must be built to complement the project's infrastructure, which together contribute to creating sustainable development, at the national, regional and local levels.

 In Central American regional aspect, it is estimated that the FIH will be the future route of choice for commercial traffic from neighboring countries: Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, the first two with a significantly higher movement than the local, becoming then the natural customers of this railway.

INF502: Reactivation of the National Railway of Honduras FCH

Amount:

US $ 78,000,000

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Location:

Municipalities of Villanueva, San Pedro Sula, Choloma, Potrerillos, Tela, Puerto Cortés, Departments of Cortés and Atlántida

Description: San Pedro Sula, Choloma and Villa Nueva are the main places of work in the area of ​​Valle de Sula, and people who travel by ground transportation to and from cities and nearby areas are directly and negatively affected by high traffic congestion. Currently, these cities and towns are connected to San Pedro Sula on roads that are very popular, especially during peak hours, they are out of service and it is where traffic jams frequently occur.

If the railway transportation service were provided for the population, large part of the flow of passangers at peak times (beginning in the morning from their place of residence to their workplace in San Pedro Sula and renews in evening after work from San Pedro Sula to places of residence) would be decongested.

The operation of the railway with trains to transport passengers will certainly be an important part of the tourist supply to choose from.

 The renewal of FCH is 400 km, 16 stations that will be renovated and rehabilitated with bridges, sub-base, communication and signaling. Freight trains will run across the line after the rehabilitation of the railway. To meet the social demand for passenger trains will be introduced from Puerto Cortés, San Pedro Sula Tela Bay, a densely populated area, while the tourist trains not scheduled will run between the Tela Bay and the city of El Progreso.