Electricity Interconnection Scheduled for March 2012

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.

Friday, December 2, 2011

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.

Teófilo De La Torre, president of the company that owns the network (EPR), stated that "the project will reduce the cost of electricity in the region due to the ability to make sales to other countries, including outside of the region, because Central America became connected with Mexico last year”, reported Notimex.

Works are still pending on the section between Guatemala and Honduras and also between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, before the project is complete.

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Costs of Regional Electric Interconnection System

February 2013

The company that owns the network has proposed doubling its 2013 budget compared to 2012, which is not acceptable to governments of the region.

Prensalibre.com reports that "Countries in the region, including Guatemala, oppose the amount of the budget for putting the Siepac network into operation, proposed by the company that owns the network (EPR), because it is double that of 2012, reported the deputy energy minister Edwin Rodas. "

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).

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.

Regional Electricity Interconnection Takes First Step

November 2010

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

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.

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