Full Regional Electricity Interconnection Announced

Solutions have been found to the problems of easement and complaints from environmentalists, and the Electrical Interconnection System for Central America will be complete in its entirety in July.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The works on the last stretch of 32 km of the Electric Interconnection System for Central America (SIEPAC) in Costa Rica are 80% finished, after having suffered delays due to complaints about environmental damage and legal claims.

"Once complete, this network will allow for the transaction and the transfer of electricity between all countries in the region and above all, will increase the capacity for transmission to our Panamanian neighbors ... The idea is that local networks will be used to meet domestic demand. The SIEPAC line would be available in case the national network suffers interruption. "

"Salvador Lopez, director of Energy at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and representative of the country at SIEPAC, said 'The issue of court negotiations with communities ... environmental impact ... everything has been solved. Right now we are going at a very accelerated construction process so that we can complete the remaining 32 kilometers soon,' he added."

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Regional Electricity Interconnection Network Completed

October 2014

Although they have managed to link the last stretch of 32 kilometers which was missing from the electricity grid in the region, there is still not any regulation to define rates and market performance.

After several delays caused by problems related to easements and environmental claims, the construction and electrical connection of the 32 kilometers that were pending between the canton of Parrita and the district of Palmar in Osa, Costa Rica has been completed.

Electricity Interconnection Scheduled for March 2012

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.

Costa Rica Lags in Regional Power Grid Interconnection

August 2010

Most Central American countries will have connected to the 1,800 km electricity network by the end of 2010 but Costa Rica will do so in 2011.

Of the six countries comprising Central America's electrical interconnection system (SIEPAC), Costa Rica is the least advanced in terms of the work needed to complete its connection.

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