Electricity Transmission Network to be Delayed Another Year

The Expansion Plan by the Electricity Transmission Network in Guatemala will not be completed in October 2013, due to problems in the granting of permits and rights of way.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Carmen Urízar, president of the National Energy Commission (CNEE by its initials in Spanish), expressed concern over the delays at Trecsa (subsidiary of the Colombian consortium BSE-EDM Guatemala who won the bid for the project), because now the execution of the work should be 80% complete, but it is only 60% complete, which is about 511 kilometers out of the agreed 853.

"This means a delay of one year. It doesnt matter that the generators are ready, or that we have 60 hydroelectric stations prepared to operate, if this project is delayed by only one kilometer, none of it can be connected to the network and we can not reduce the cost of electricity," she added.

"Silvia Alvarado, director of the CNEE, said the issue of penalties for breach of contract has not yet been addressed with Trecsa. However, she believes that the arrears could be classified as "force majeure", as it is the town halls who are refusing to grant building permits or some communities that are opposing the passage of the network because they are under the misconception that the towers will cause cancer in the neighbourhoods surrounding them," noted an article in Elperiodico.com.

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New Delay for the Electricity Expansion Project

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For the third time, the contractor in charge of the Transmission Expansion Plan in Guatemala, will not meet the deadline to finalize the works.

The amount of progress on the Electric Expansion Plan (PET), whose contract was awarded to the Colombian company Trecsa more than seven years ago, is only 66%. The project was supposed to have been be ready and in operation since 2013, but the company contracted asked the governments in office at the time for two extensions - in 2013 and 2015.

Guatemala: More Obstacles to Power Expansion Project

February 2017

Completion of construction of the Transmission Expansion Plan 1-2009 is still delayed, awaiting a decision from the government on how to resolve the problem of the passage of a 230 Kv line through the Dulce River in Izabal.

Following problems related to buying rights of way, which delayed the project awarded to the company Trecsa, difficulties have now arisen related to the passage of a transmission line through one of the tourist attraction areas in Izabal. The company in charge of the project says it has presented different alternatives, such as creating an underwater connection and an underground one, but the government dismissed these because of the additional costs involved.

Obstacles to Development of Electricity System in Guatemala

March 2014

It only takes one small community to raise its voice against a project for the development of the electricity transmission network in the country for it to be halted.

Restrictions on the supply of energy in the country will continue if the level of investment is not increased and the obstacles that communities put on new electrical infrastructure projects and the maintenance of existing ones are removed.

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