In recent years many Latin American countries have been hit by weakening economic growth, and in some cases recession - but 2018 may be the year in which positive figures find their way back to the region's economies, and by extension the electric power market.
In Mexico and Argentina, the main challenge will be to ensure that awarded projects are financed and built on time. Credibility will also be at stake in Brazil in 2018, the year in which the country will have its first presidential elections since Dilma Rousseff's impeachment. Will Brazil be able to follow a schedule of power generation and transmission auctions for the forseeable future?
Eyes will also be on Chile, which for years was voted in BNamericas' survey as the region's best country to invest in energy projects - but which dropped a spot this year. Peru and Colombia face differing challenges in their energy segments. One thing is for sure: stakes are high all over the continent.
The Electric Power Survey for 2018 saw 155 responses from electric power actors in both the public and private sector. Respondents included CEOs and other c-level executives, project managers and engineers, consultants and analysts. About 31% were equipment or service providers, another 27% worked in the energy generation business, followed by representatives from energy consultancies (17%) and engineering companies (15%).