Regional Electrical Interconnection by End of 2011

This is the date by when Central American countries propose to have completed the regional power grid.

Friday, July 30, 2010

By the end of next August the link-up of Costa Rica and Panama is expected to be finished and by October that of Guatemala with El Salvador, says Enrique Martínez, general manager of the Central American proprietary power grid company (EPR in Spanish).

Comments from Martínez in state that, "once Central America's Electric Interconnection system (SIEPAC) is complete, the country's of the region will be less exposed to blackouts, such as the one on 13 June when a transmission failure in Honduras left almost all of Central America in the dark".

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Official Start of Regional Electricity Market

June 2013

On June 1 the Regional Electricity Market Rules and the Supplementary Detailed Procedure Electrical Interconnection System for Central America became effective.

"It's a big step forward for electrical integration. These are rules designed to operate the SIEPAC line and power transmission capacity between countries with greater intensity," said the executive director of the Regional Operating Agency (EOR), Rene Gonzalez.

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.

Regional Power Interconnection In June 2012

August 2011

The project is 90% complete, and will end with the construction of the last 150 km of power transmission lines.

Jose Enrique Martinez, general manager of the company that owns the network (EPR) pointed out that the sections that are most behind are those covering the Costa Rican territory, due to problems created by theft of power cables.

Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras Electrical Interconnection

March 2011

With an investment of $ 4.5 million, Nicaragua will complete the power line joining Costa Rica and Honduras in the coming weeks.

Officers of the National Electricity Transmission Company (Enatrel) stated that completion of the lines will expedite the purchase and sale of energy with the other Central American countries through the Electric Interconnection System for Central America (Siepac).

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