The Colombia-Panama electricity interconnection project will begin operations by decade's end, a Colombian mining and energy planning unit (UPME) official told Business News Americas.
Panama's previous administration did not consider the transmission interconnection project a priority, but talks have restarted with support from new Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, UPME electricity deputy director Alberto Rodríguez said.
"There's about a year of discussions left, and then around three years for construction, so we're looking at about 2019," he said. "Environmental permitting has been secured. What remains now are the most critical phases — commercial and regulatory discussions."
The project currently includes 210 miles of transmission lines in Colombia and 160 miles in Panama. The direct current interconnection will boast up to 400 MW capacity.