COES readies 2013-22 transmission plan

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Peru's 2013-22 transmission expansion plan is due to be published in May, grid operator COES president César Butrón told BNamericas.

At the end of last year, the country's transmission network boasted an estimated 9,646km of 220kV line and 89km of 500kV line. Maximum grid demand in 2011 reached 4.96GW, up 8.34% from the previous year.

The 2012-15 transmission project pipeline sees the incorporation of one 22kV line, seven 220kV lines and three 500kV lines, which aim to reduce congestion and declarations of power restrictions.

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Butrón attributed transmission congestion to a generation surplus in the center of the country and the continual transport of power to the north and south that saturates lines. Higher demand has also put a strain on the system, he said.

The official added that COES's 2012 work plan includes the completion of ISO 9001 certification for its principal processes.

The complete interview with Butrón will be published in this week's Electric Power Perspectives for subscribers.