Fersa secures Panama wind extensions

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Panama authorities pushed back development timetables for Spanish group Fersa's wind projects in Coclé province.

The company now has until August 2, 2017 to complete construction and January 2, 2018 to begin commercial operations of wind farms Antón (105MW) and Toabré (225MW), according to public services regulator Asep.

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In its extension requests, the company highlighted information from state transmission company Etesa that construction of a third transmission line would wrap up end-2016.

The watchdog also extended to January 25 the deadline for Hidroenergía to submit documents to advance 6MW hydro project Cerro La Mina, and granted PSZ1 a provisional license to build and operate 8.5MW solar project El Espinal.

In another sector report from the country, legislator Pedro Miguel González tabled a draft bill to repeal article 138-A from power service law 6 from 1997.

The article, which allows for expropriation of indigenous and rural land, is unconstitutional, a national assembly statement quoted González as saying.

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