Six consortiums presented their proposals in the prequalification process for the construction in Panama of a 500 kV (kilowatts) electric transmission line, which will measure more than 310 kilometers and will travel the Caribbean coast of the country.
The project manager on behalf of the state-owned Electricity Transmission Company (ETESA), Yeisy Rodríguez, said after the official reception ceremony of proposals there are six companies interested in the so-called Fourth Electric Transmission Line, without specifying their names.
"It is a mega project, the first 500 kV work in the country and in Central America, and we have prequalified to ensure that the best companies come together in both quality and financial capacity," said Rodríguez.
Companies that meet the required standards will participate in the tender, which is expected to be held early next year, said the engineer.
It is expected the operation of the line by 2023, which will be the largest in the country, since the current three operate at 115 kV and 230 kV.
The contract will be BOT type (build-operate-transfer), meaning that the contractor will have a concession between 20 and 35 years and will be responsible for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the project during that time, the engineer added.
The general manager of ETESA, Gilberto Ferrari, explained last May the project will be carried out in two phases: first the transmission line, the Chiriquí Grande substation and the expansion of the so-called Panama III substation will be built, and finally the energization at 500 kV of the line will be executed".
The fourth transmission line will cross the Panama Canal, after crossing the indigenous Ngäbe Buglé (northwest), one of the largest in the country and where more than 150,000 people live. The other transmission lines flow along the Pacific slope.