Guatemala launches private investment transmission projects

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Guatemala launches private investment transmission projects

The government of Guatemala has announced the tender processes to develop several new transmission projects in the country.

These projects will be the second phase of the "Plan de Expansión del Transporte Nacional" (PETNAC 2014), the government plan to develop about 604 km of 25 new electricity transmission network (ETN) and upgrade about 50 km of 12 existing ETN. This second phase also involves the expansion of 22 substations and the development of 29 new substations involving 4 of 230 KV, 2 of 138 KV and 23 of 69 KV.

PETNAC 2014 aims to attract about US$400 million of investment in the country's ETN. The plan aims to increase from 90% to 95% the rate of rural electrification by 2021.

According to sources several ETN projects will be awarded. The projects will be developed under a design, build, finance, operation and maintenance basis. The projects are divided in 6 lots:

  • Lot A involves the development of 8 new substation, the upgrade of 7 existing substations in Quiché.
  • Lot B involves the development of 6 new substation and the development of 6 new ETN which link Quiché with Quetzaltenango, San Marcos and Suchitepéquez.
  • Lot C involves the upgrade of 7 substation and the development of 7 new ETN between Chimaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Quiché and Suchitepéquez.
  • Lot D involves the development of 9 new substation and the upgrade of 12 ETN between Chiquimula, Escuintla, Santa Rosa and Zacapa.
  • Lot E involves the development of 5 new substation and the development of 8 new ETN between Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz and Izabal
  • Lot F has not be disclosed. It probably would involve the development of a new substation, the upgrade of 8 existing substations and the development of 4 new ETN.

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