Studies for the Panama - Colombia interconnection will be put to tender
The bidding process for the contract for the environmental impact studies of the transmission line that will link the Central American and South American markets will begin in early September.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The construction of the electric interconnection lines between Panama and Colombia which is being carried out by the Transmision Electrica, S.A. company (Etesa) and Interconexion Electrica (ISA) will take between 24 and 36 months. There are other important aspects that must be completed with the project's program, such as basic engineering and pre-designing and regulatory harmonization between the two countries to establish the cost of using the line.
It is hoped that the auction for the allocation of capacity rights on the Panama-Colombia electricity interconnection line will "guarantee sufficient income to ensure its implementation".
Last week, Panamanian and Colombian authorities agreed on acceleratating the process of electrical interconnection.
Service problems in Costa Rica and Honduras are holding back implementation of the proposed Central American electrical interconnection.
The project is in the stage of analyzing the financials, economics, technical feasibility, and environmental impacts.
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