Bolivia to boost rural power dispatch

Monday, February 27, 2017

Environmental studies are scheduled to begin this year in Bolivia for a project to increase electricity dispatch to rural areas.

The 115kV, 130km Padilla-Monteagudo-Camiri line would span the departments of Chuquisaca and Santa Cruz.

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State power company Ende has issued a call for expressions of interest to carry out the EIS and public consultations, among other related work. Documents for the 180-day contract are due March 15, according to the reference terms.

Last year, Ende added 525km of transmission lines and the company's 2017 transmission budget reaches 805mn bolivianos (US$117mn).

Transmission projects under development include Anillo Energético del Sur, Bélgica-Los Troncos, Juana Azurduy de Padilla, Vinto-Mazocruz, Warnes-Brechas and Warnes-Urubo.

Meanwhile, President Evo Morales announced that the 55MW first phase of 124MW hydroelectric project San José will not be completed in June and will be delayed "by months."

Morales made the comment after an inspection where he warned that the contractor and the supervision company may face fines, because geological problems had been identified in the final design study.