Latin America: Seven consortia pre-qualified for USD 1.1bn transmission line

18 September 2018 - 12:00 am UTC

The Mexican Secretariat of Energy, Sener, disclosed in its website that seven consortia were pre-qualified for the tender process of the Baja California-Sonora 700km transmission line North of the country.

The consortiums are:

  • IEnova – Manitoba
  • Iberdrola
  • Sterlite Power Grid – RTE International
  • China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co.
  • CET Electric – China Electric Power Equipment and Technology
  • China Energy Engineering Corporation – Omega – Adani
  • Riverstone – B&MCD Engineering – ATCO

The project is a 700Km 500kV direct current (HVDC) line that will be able to carry 1,500MW of energy. It will connect the state of Baja California to the national grid in Sonora, in northern Mexico.

The capex of the project will be about MXN 20.24bn (USD 1.1bn), according to Proyectos México, a government-backed website. Payments will be indexed to inflation.

It also includes two HVD-VSC convertor stations in Mexicali an Hermosillo.    

The Mexican authorities have updated the tender documents quite often since February. The final version of the documents were published on 7 September.

The documents say that the construction and testing phase will take up to five years, and the construction phase must start up to two years from the contract signing. The deadline to start commercial operations is 1 December 2023 and the concession will last for 30 years.

Several companies have expressed interest in the transmission lines, as previously reported.

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