BY ROD WALTON, SENIOR EDITOR
Chile National Grid Coordinator Calls for Bids
to Support Nationwide Transmission Expansion
Chile’s power grid administrator Co-ordinador Eléctrico Nacional (CEN) has
called for bids to build and operate 67 expansion projects along the nation’s transmission network.
CEN estimated the expected investment of the total projects at around $760
million (U.S.). The tender opens bidding
internationally. The work will expand the
national’s Zonal Transmission System, formerly known as Subtransmission.
“Chile’s energy sector is experiencing
a historic moment, and we are only a few
weeks away from achieving the desired
interconnection between the intercon-
nected system of the large north (SING)
and the central interconnected system
(SIC),” CEN board president Germán Her-
nandez said in a statement.
Chile’s plan is to build a national
electric grid by unifying the north and
south regions beginning in 2018. The
transmission system will stretch over
3,100 kilometers and have an installed
capacity of 24,000 MW, according to
Work on the 500-kV system is expected
to be run through 2020. Segments of the
project are open to both individual com-
panies in and outside the nation.