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A transmission line project linking Brazil and Uruguay due for completion in 2015 will improve interconnection between the two countries, said Gonzalo Casaravilla, head of Uruguay's state power utility UTE.
"At times energy is cheaper in one country than in the other, a fluctuation that must be optimized," Casaravilla said in a UTE release. "For that, we need infrastructure."
The US$350mn project, originally slated for completion in 2013, has faced delays related to cost overruns and labor disputes.
The grids of Uruguay and Argentina have been linked for 32 years through the shared Salto Grande hydro plant. The new transmission line will stretch 303km, allowing for 500MW of shared capacity between Uruguay and Brazil.
EQUIPMENT FOR COMBINED CYCLE PLANT ARRIVES
In related news, UTE advised residents that "large equipment" for the Punta del Tigre B combined cycle plant would be transported to the site from Montevideo port by road in the coming days.
The 531MW project, in San José department, will include two gas-powered turbines and one steam unit, and is scheduled to start up in 2016.
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