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Uruguay: Growth in electricity transmission network and capacity [free access]

November 10, 2020

Uruguay’s transmission network is operated by Administración Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Eléctricas (UTE). As of 2019, the country’s transmission network comprised about 5,853 km of line length at the 150 kV and above voltage levels. Of the total line length, the majority, or about 77 per cent, was at 150 kV, followed by 23 per cent at 500 kV and the rest at 230 kV. Since 2015, Uruguay’s transmission line network has grown at a CAGR of close to 4.5 per cent, with net additions of over 951 km.

 

The transformer capacity of Uruguay stood at 10,195 MVA as of 2019. 66 per cent of the transformer additions took place at 150 kV during 2015-19. Further, the country has added 15 substations in the past five years to reach 92 substations by 2019.

 

Table 1: Growth in Uruguay’s transmission line network (km)

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019E

 150 kV

3,813

3,923

4,346

4346

4,486

 230 kV

11

11

11

11

11

 500 kV

1,078

1,143

1,143

1,143

1,356

Total

4,902

5,077

5,500

5,500

5,853

Note: 2019 data is estimated based on projects commissioned during the year.

Source: UTE; Global Transmission Research

 

 

Figure 1: Growth in Uruguay’s transformer capacity (MVA)

 

Note: 2019 data is estimated based on projects commissioned during the year.

 Source: UTE; Global Transmission Research