Mexico - Guatemala electric connection moves ahead

Romeo Rodriguez, vice minister of Energy, said that the interconnection with Mexico is schedule to come online starting in March 2009.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The construction of the electric interconnection with Mexico is moving at a rate of 22 kilometers per week, and the National Electrification Institute (INDE) expects that the 71 kilometers of the network will be completed by early January.

Alberto Cohen, president of INDE, pointed out that the entity had to invest some 25 million quetzales to purchase the 400 lots where they will build the 154 towers that will hold the transmission lines.

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Guatemala Stops Buying Mexican Electricity

September 2010

Purchase of electricity coming from Mexico halted on 31 August due to the expiry of a temporary contract.

The exchange will resume once the new contract comes into force between Guatemala's National Electrification Institute and Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (CFE in Spanish).

Guatemala Now Importing Energy From Mexico

February 2010

The electric interconnection system between both countries was inaugurated today with Guatemala’s purchase of 120 megawatts.

Fredy López, from INDE, the National Electrification Institute, explained that this purchase is regarded as a test.

The country expects to purchase an average 1.695 mWh during weekdays and 2.160 during weekends, stated López.

Legal Barriers for Electric Interconnection

February 2010

Legal issues are preventing Mexico and Guatemala from trading energy through an electric interconnection.

The problem resides in how to compensate inadvertent energy.

“Inadvertent energy is the one that flows during a few seconds in any of the two directions, caused by problems in the other country’s grid”, explained

Electrical Interconnection Test Successful

April 2009

The tests for electrical interconnection between Guatemala and Mexico were done yesterday with positive results.

Electrical interconnection will allow Guatemala to purchase 200 megawatts of energy from Mexico and vice versa. If necessary, Mexico could buy up to 70 megawatts from Guatemala.

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