Roundup: Bolivia transmission, Costa Rica wind, Honduras call/gas, USVI solar

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bolivia's Tarija department in coming weeks expects to sign a contract with state transmission company TDE to build electric power infrastructure.

The 185mn boliviano (US$27mn), 21 month project will benefit the city of Tarija and includes substations and lines, state news agency ABI reported.

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Costa Rica's state power company ICE declared a call to determine the power potential of ocean wind energy unsuccessful after the sole bidder did not meet requirements. Information of whether a new process would be launched was not provided.

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Honduras' state power company Enee expects a call next month to carry out transmission works for US$88mn as part of its recovery plan, paper La Tribuna quoted company technical assistant manager Leonardo Deras as saying. A call to operate the infrastructure is penciled in for next quarter.

Also from Honduras, President Juan Orlando Hernández met with US companies National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Jorbet which expressed interest in supplying natural gas to Central America. "A good part of the solution to the problem that Enee faces is lowering power generation costs," a government statement quoted the head of state as saying.

NOV executive Óscar García Shelly said studies will determine the feasibility of installing an LNG terminal, as well as a pipeline from Mexico.

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The US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority inaugurated operations of the territory's first solar farm, a 4MW facility at Estate Spanish Town. After breaking ground in August 2013 and starting construction this May, Toshiba sold the plant to NRG Energy.