Guatemala: More Obstacles to Power Expansion Project

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.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

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.

Elperiodico.com.gt reports that "...According to Trecsa the Infrastructure being built is "state policy", ie, the routes of the transmission lines and the location of the towers were decided by the authorities and respond to the needs for the national electricity system. Trecsa has presented different alternatives for the case of Rio Dulce, together with technical, environmental and economic feasibility studies, but the final decision rests with the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM). In the view of the MEM the cost of the proposals to create an underwater or underground crossing are very high with respect to the tender rules, and that would be reflected in a considerable increase in the value of the rate of energy."

"... Two other alternatives that could be put on the table are to use the existing structure in the area belonging to the National Electrification Institute (INDE) and join up with the bridge that crosses the River Dulce or build a new aerial line using architectural elements that respect the landscape."

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