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Argentine power distributor Enersa's 500kV Gran Paraná substation in Entre Ríos province is approximately 45% complete and is due to be opened by June next year.
The 700mn-peso (US$85.5mn) project is expected to double the region's energy provision and guarantee supply to residents and industry for more than 20 years, according to an Entre Ríos government release.
The project is partially financed by a US$100mn IDB loan for infrastructure development in the Entre Ríos region, with additional funding coming from the government of Argentina.
The substation, along with new 132kV transmission lines, will break Entre Ríos' dependence on lines coming from neighboring Santa Fe province, which experienced technical problems earlier this year, Enersa technical coordinator Guido Momeso said.
Once the substation is operational, it will receive power from the Salto Grande dam and then distribute it throughout the province, Momeso added.
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