Mexico's state power company CFE has stepped up the pace of construction of five transmission lines to ensure the continuity of power supplies, the CFE said in a statement.
The CFE renegotiated agreements with companies building the lines to set new start dates without paying a higher price or incurring higher financial costs for the constructors, the CFE said.
The CFE said in March it wanted to bring forward completion dates as part of a series of measures designed to reduce possible disruptions to power supplies due to a lack of rainfall and lower natural gas production from state oil company Pemex.
The five lines in question are all north-south interconnection lines:
The US$93mn, 342km first phase of the line associated with the Tuxpan II, III and IV thermoelectric projects, which will start in August instead of November 2003.
The US$12mn, 125km third phase of the Tuxpan II, III and IV line.
The US$45mn second phase of the line associated with the Altamira II, III and IV thermoelectric projects, which will start in November 2003 instead of February 2004.
The US$37mn, 291km third phase of the Altamira II, III and IV line, which will start in November this year instead of March 2004.
The US$242mn, 594km Saltillo-Cañada line, which will start in December 2003 instead of May 2004.
Meanwhile, CFE also said that construction has started on a 232km line associated with the Rio Bravo III thermoelectric project, and is scheduled to start operations in May 2004.