Regional Electricity Interconnection Takes First Step

The first section of the network between Veladero, Panama, and Rio Claro, Costa Rica has been completed.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The interconnection system will be implemented gradually, according to Edgar Navarro, secretary of the Regional Electric Interconnection (CRIE).

"The first phase is linking Panama to Costa Rica and Nicaragua with Costa Rica, then comes interconnection between Honduras and El Salvador and then Honduras and Nicaragua in early 2011.
There is hope that by the middle of next year, interconnection will be completed throughout Central America...” reports Elperiodico.com.gt.

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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.

Electrical Interconnection Tests Mexico - Guatemala Resumed

September 2009

This electrical interconnection system is expected to operate at full capacity by the end of October.

Testing will last three weeks, beginning next Friday.

"...the first phase will take two days, and comprises the interconnection between Mexico and Guatemala, while the energy systems of the rest of Central America will be synchronized; El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama", explained Romeo Rodríguez, vice minister of Energy and Mines.

$16.7 million for electrical integration in Central America

December 2008

CAF approved $16.7 million to partially finance the Electric Interconnection System for the Countries of Central America, the multilateral organism reported today in a release.

These resources will be used to "contribute to the integration and development process in the Meso-American region (...) providing greater and better coverage for electrical services and to unite the markets in the sector," explained Enrique Garcia, executive president of CAF.

Barriers to Regional Energy Interconnection

July 2011

Interconnecting Mexico, Central America and Colombia is no easy task, and the Darien obstacle is one of the largest.

More than 40 indigenous groups are connected to the Panamanian territory, and discussions and consultations are being conducted with them seeking authorization for the project feasibility studies.

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