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Peruvian lawmakers look to spur development of a US$500mn power transmission line that would connect the isolated Iquitos system in the north to the national SEIN grid.
The Fuerza Popular opposition party, which holds 73 of 130 congressional seats, introduced a bill to declare of national interest and public necessity the 600km 220kV Moyobamba-Iquitos link, planned for regions San Martín and Loreto.
The bill's authors argue Loreto users pay some of the highest prices in the country and receive one of the most unreliable services. They highlight that Iquitos is the country's fifth largest city.
The legislators claim companies in the area have not expanded because of a lack of electricity capacity and that supply problems may be discouraging new companies from setting up shop.
Information from energy and mining investment regulator Osinergmin reveals that, as of January, engineering, pre-operation and environmental impact studies were being reworked and were under review by the ministry, grid administrator COES and the environmental certification service for sustainable investments (Senace), respectively.
Pictured: Section of line's planned route (CREDIT: Osinergmin)