New public works for Electricity Transmission in the Caribbean have been assigned

New public works for Electricity Transmission in the Caribbean have been assigned

Ministry of Mines and Energy. UPME. Bogota D.C. November 21st, 2018.  On Tuesday, the Mining and Energy Planning Unit (UPME) assigned the public works for building the new Toluviejo substation (220 kilovolts) in the Department of Sucre as well as the Chinu-Toluviejo and Toluviejo-Bolivar transmission lines (220 kilovolts) as part of the public works that have been established by the Plan for the Expansion of Electrical Transmission nationwide.

The electrical transmission project consists of a length of 160 kilometers, 40 kilometers connecting the Chinu substation with 230 kilovolts, located in Cordoba, to the new Toluviejo substation. The remaining 120 kilometers shall extend from the previously mentioned Toluviejo substation up to the Bolivar substation, located within the Municipality of Santa Rosa.

The Minister of Mines and Energy, Maria Fernanda Suarez, has highlighted the importance of these projects in order to secure the expansion of electricity transmission networks throughout the Caribbean Coast. "These investments shall allow us to count on a more reliable and safe electrical network, which will benefits users through continuous service and improved quality," the Minister stated.

At the same time, the General Director of UPME, Ricardo Ramirez, explained that "as a result of assigning this project, the Department of Sucre will be connected, for the first time, to the National Transmission System. In addition, this will enable the future connection of generation projects based on renewable energy sources."

The winning proposal was made by the Empresa de Energia del Pacifico S.A. E.S.P. (EPSA) and consists of an economic effort worth $USD 70.5 million. The other two companies who had also presented proposals during this process were known as Interconexion Electrica S.A. E.S.P. - ISA and ALUPAR Colombia S.A.S.

The selected company shall take charge of the investment and must manage all the licenses and permits needed in order to start to undertake these public works.

For more information on the public tenders for the National Interconnected System, you may click on this link:

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, Cundinamarca, Bogotá D.C., Source: MinMinas - UPME
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