Panama power demand hits record, Colombia link beckons

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New power demand records in Panama have placed further stress on an already critical electricity supply situation.

Maximum capacity demand in July hit a record 1,503MW, breaking the previous 1,466MW mark set in March, according to data just released by national dispatch center CND.

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Consumption last month also set a high of 791GWh compared to the previous record of 747GWh also set in March.

Last week, authorities asked state transmission company Etesa to issue a power supply call to cover growing demand.

In the medium term, a planned interconnection with Colombia to complement offtake from Central America would help increase supply.

The binational link could enter service in 2018, Colombian state transmission company ISA director Luis Fernando Alarcón Mantilla said in July.

To advance the project, IDB is preparing technical cooperation funds to support a feasibility implementation roadmap.