Latin America power roundup

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Paraguay's state power company Ande said construction of the 360km 500kV Yacyretá-Ayolas-Villa Hayes transmission line is on track and expected to wrap up in May.

Fourteen months after the work order was issued, 500 foundations have been built, 140 towers have been installed and over 40km of cable have been strung, Ande said in an update.

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Consorcio Ciegec (CIE-Somagec Guinea Ecuatorial) is carrying out the US$95.6mn project which will run alongside an existing line from the Yacyretá hydroelectric dam and help optimize and balance the flow of electricity from the Itaipú hydroelectric dam.

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Chile's energy ministry and the Biobío regional government will formally launch an initiative, dubbed Clúster de Energía, on October 10 that aims to have local SMEs that offer energy-related services cover the region's needs in the areas of energy efficiency and renewables, among others.

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Guatemala's energy and mines ministry reported it selected NEPLAN software to help with energy policymaking, including the drafting of the 2018-27 national power transmission system plan, which is due out in January. Bidding rules will then be prepared for tenders to expand the grid.