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Panama-Colombia energy transmission

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panamanian and Colombian ministers this week agreed on the outlines of a proposal to build a $400 million pipeline, which would let Colombia export electrical energy to Panama.

A pipeline could also allow Colombia to export natural gas. Taking advantage of the Central American Electrical Interconnection System, Colombian power could in turn be sent to the rest of the region.

Access to Colombian power would have several benefits for the region, much of which depends on petroleum as a major source of energy. A switch to electrical energy would reduce both pollution and costs.

A major power producer, Colombia sells electrical energy at prices lower than those of other hydro producer in the region. Colombia has the second largest gas reserves in South America, after Venezuela.

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