Colombia, Panama to connect electricity grids by 2018

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Colombia-Panama electricity grid interconnection project will launch by early 2018, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said during his latest visit to Panama.

Santos met with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez to discuss the project and other bilateral issues.

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Following the meeting Santos told media the project's studies and licensing were expected to be completed by October 2015. Construction would then begin, with interconnection scheduled to be achieved by the beginning of 2018.

In separate government releases both leaders pledged support for the project, deeming it vital to the nations' security and development.

The project's deadlines appear to be moving forward. Earlier this month Colombian mining and energy planning unit UPME's deputy director of electricity, Alberto Rodríguez, told BNamericas he expected the Colombia-Panama interconnection project to launch by 2019.

Santos and Varela, meanwhile, also spoke with security officials to discuss protection of the interconnection line on the Colombia-Panama border. The area is reported to be a busy arms and drugs smuggling corridor.

The Colombia-Panama interconnection line is expected to launch with a 400MW capacity and have the potential to eventually connect Colombian electricity generators to markets as far away as Mexico.

BNamericas will host its fourth LatAm Power Generation Summit in Santiago, Chile, on August 13-14. Click here to download the agenda.