Mexico’s Secretariat of Energy (Sener) announced that the tender to build an electric transmission line to connect Baja California with the National Electric System (power grid) drew the attention of 45 companies.
Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, head of the unit, said that the interconnection of the Isolated System of Baja California with the National Interconnected System will extend from Mexicali to Hermosillo, through high voltage direct current cables, whose length will be 1,400 kilometers and 1,500 megawatts of capacity.
He explained that the firms that seek to take over the project come from Mexico, Brazil, China, Colombia, Spain, the United States and India.
In the call for the process, he said, more than 170 requests to consult the project have been received, which contributed to improve the final version of the rules, as well as the terms of the contract.
The participants’ proposals will be revealed in July with the ruling announced on September 14.
"With an estimated investment of more than US$ 1.1 billion, the power lines will be built with state-of-the-art technology for a low environmental impact that will allow the system to incorporate renewable energy produced in the northwest region of the country," said the official.
Coldwell stressed that interconnecting the isolated system of the state of Baja California with the National System will strengthen energy security, in addition to a greater resilience of the electrical infrastructure to internal and external factors that could affect supply.
Also, he explained, having integrated systems reinforces the operation stability and continuity of electric power, for the benefit of consumers.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Baja California, Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, said that "being a state with industrial vocation, the possibility of having enough energy supply will be an incentive to attract investments."