Regional Electrical Interconnection by End of 2011

This is the date by when Central American countries propose to have completed the regional power grid.

Friday, July 30, 2010

By the end of next August the link-up of Costa Rica and Panama is expected to be finished and by October that of Guatemala with El Salvador, says Enrique Martínez, general manager of the Central American proprietary power grid company (EPR in Spanish).

Comments from Martínez in Elsalvador.com state that, "once Central America's Electric Interconnection system (SIEPAC) is complete, the country's of the region will be less exposed to blackouts, such as the one on 13 June when a transmission failure in Honduras left almost all of Central America in the dark".

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CABEI Finances Final Works on Regional Electricity Interconnection

February 2012

The CABEI will provide $4.5 million to complete the financing of the Electric Interconnection System for Central American Countries (SIEPAC).

The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the Network Owner Company (EPR) signed an agreement on Wednesday for $4.5 million to complete the financing of the Electric Interconnection System for Central American Countries (SIEPAC).

Electricity Interconnection Scheduled for March 2012

December 2011

Works on the Central American Electricity Interconnection System (SIEPAC in Spanish) are reported to be 95% complete, and are expected to be operational in March 2012.

At a cost of $490 million, the interconnection line extends from Guatemala to Panamá, with capacity to transport between 200 and 300 megawatts of electricity.

Regional Power Interconnection In June 2012

August 2011

The project is 90% complete, and will end with the construction of the last 150 km of power transmission lines.

Jose Enrique Martinez, general manager of the company that owns the network (EPR) pointed out that the sections that are most behind are those covering the Costa Rican territory, due to problems created by theft of power cables.

Costa Rica Delaying Regional Electric Interconnection

March 2010

Costa Rica’s difficulties in expropriating terrains will delay the construction of 70km of electric lines.

The countries members of Siepac, the Central American Electric Interconnection System, expect to conclude their respective stretches of the line in September 2010, while Costa Rica would deliver it on October 2011.

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