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Argentina–Chile Interconnection Project [free access]

April 3, 2017

Developer: Yet to be awarded

 

Project details and status: The project will connect Sistema Argentino de Interconexión (SADI) or the Argentine interconnected grid and Chile's Sistema Interconectado Central (SIC) or the central interconnected grid.

 

In March 2017, the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) or the Latin American Development Bank, and Chile’s Ministry of Energy launched a call to study the economic benefits and regulatory aspects of the second Argentina–Chile interconnection project.

 

The study is expected to begin this year as part of energy integration efforts between Argentina and Chile. The budget for the study is around USD350,000. The scope of the study includes analysing the interconnection of Chile’s grid with Argentina’s electricity network at a minimum of three interconnection points (in the area of ​​Salta, Pascua–Lama, and another site in the central or southern zone of the current grid).

 

The countries are already connected via the 345 kV Central Salta–Andes line, which became operational in February 2016, and links SADI with Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande (SING) or the northern interconnected grid in Chile.