Expansion of Power Grid Will be Further Delayed

For the third time the deadline to deliver the project to build 866 kilometers of lines under Energy Transportation System Expansion Plan in Guatemala has been postponed, this time until 2020.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The extension now granted by the Ministry of Energy and Mines is for three years and two months starting from September, when the work was due to start operating completely, under the responsibility of Transportadora de Energía de Centroamérica SA (Trecsa).

Prensalibre.com reports that "...Last week, the MEM made the final review of documents submitted by the company, from a technical point of view as well as cases of force majeure "that have been presented over the course of time", when there are delays, said the head of the MEM, Luis Chang."

See also "Central America: $1.2 Billion in Energy Projects"

Carlos Colom, former president of the National Electric Energy Commission , "... said that expansion is basic for the development of the electricity sector. He explained that the situation changed in 2009, when the work was awarded through means of a tender. To date it has become more complex for projects, obtaining rights of way, licenses and "social and community licenses" but said that the authorities should also oversee and, if necessary, correct or punish companies who do not comply."

According to Trecsa, the project is nearly 70% advanced in physical construction, 463 kilometers built, of which 387 are already in operation.

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New Delay for the Electricity Expansion Project

August 2017

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.

Awards: Electricity Transmission Network

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In Guatemala an award of lots one and three has been made to Fersa and Transportista Eléctrica Centroamericana, respectively, for the works to expand the national grid.

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Guatemala: $87 million for Power Grid

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With a bank loan the company Transportadora de Energía de Centroamérica will complete the expansion of the electricity transport system in the country.

The Guatemalan subsidiary of Grupo de Energia de Bogota, will use the funds to complete the project investing in energy transport, which is to build and launch more than 850 kilometers of transmission lines and 12 new high voltage substations, as well expansion of 12 existing substations.

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