Central American Electrical Interconnection to Begin in 2010

Service problems in Costa Rica and Honduras are holding back implementation of the proposed Central American electrical interconnection.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Issac Castillo, manager of Transmisión Eléctrica S.A., announced in Prensa.com: "The electricity interconnection line in Central America will begin operations in sections beginning in 2010. The contractors who are carrying out the interconnection work should deliver the completed project by April 2009, but there is currently a service problem in Costa Rica and Honduras, and that has delayed its implementation."

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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.

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.

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.

$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.

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