Energy Supply Without Transmission Lines

New hydropower stations have increased installed capacity within Panama to 1,200 MW, but the two existing transmission lines can carry only 600 MW.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Although there is a bidding process to build a third transmission line, it is making slow progress, and the date of opening of financial proposals is still not known.

In addition, the evaluation committee at Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica, S.A. (Etesa) has not yet published its final report. On August 19 Etesa received two proposals for the design, construction and financing of the new 230-kilovolt line that will go from Veladero in Chiriquí to Panama.

Consorcio Interconexión Panamá (CPI), formed by the Colombian Eléctricas de Medellín S.A and the Panamanian Termotécnica Coindustrial and the construction company Norberto Odebrecht, were the two bidders in the act.



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Odebrecht to Build Third Transmission line in Panama

October 2013

With a price of $234 million, the company Norberto Odebrecht has been awarded the design and construction of a third power transmission line.

The resolution for the award by the Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica (Etesa) includes the acceptance of the proposed plan for long-term financing by the Brazilian construction company Norberto Odebrecht, however, it does not detail what the conditions are.

Panama: Third Transmission Line Bids Opened

October 2013

With a price tag of $234 million, Odebrecht obtained the highest score in the tender for the design and construction of a third power transmission line.

From a press release by the Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica S.A (ETESA):

Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica S.A. (ETESA) this morning presented the results of the total scores for the technical and economic evaluations of bids submitted by Consorcio Interconexión Panamá and Constructora Norberto Odebrecht for the design, supply, construction and financing of a third transmission line Veladero - Llano Sanchez - La Chorrera - Panama, in 230kV and adaptation to the associated substations. Meeting the deadlines set out in the Public Procurement Act 22, the company with the highest score in the bid was Constructora Norberto Obredecht.

Panama: Two Proposals for Third Transmission Line

August 2013

The Consortium Interconexión Panamá and the construction firm Norberto Odebrecht have submitted bids to design and build the third power transmission line.

"After receiving two proposals, we now proceed to the stage of technical assessment, and later we would analyze the price of each proposal.

Progress in Transmission Line Tender

July 2013

Thirteen companies have toured the Etesa power substations as part of the bidding process for the design, supply, construction and financing of the third transmission line of 230 kilowatts.

According to Argelis Echazabal, Project Manager at Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica S.A.

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