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The Colombia-Panama electricity interconnection project will begin operations by decade's end, a Colombian mining and energy planning unit (UPME) official told BNamericas.
Panama's previous administration did not consider the interconnection project a priority, but talks have restarted with support from new Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, UPME electricity deputy director Alberto Rodríguez said on the sidelines of BNamericas' 8th Andean Energy Summit in Bogotá.
"There's about a year of discussions left, and then around three years for construction, so we're looking at about 2019," he said.
"Environmental permitting has been secured. What remains now are the most critical phases – commercial and regulatory discussions," Rodríguez said.
The project currently includes 340km of lines in Colombia and 260km in Panama. The direct current interconnection will boast up to 400MW capacity.
BNamericas will host its fourth LatAm Power Generation Summit in Santiago, Chile, on August 13-14. Click here to download the agenda.