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Joint working table to review Sabanitas–Panama III project in Panama [free access]

August 23, 2021

Panama’s electric transmission network developer Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica S.A. (ETESA) and Madden Colón Concessionaire (CMC), a subsidiary of Brazilian Odebrecht, have established a joint working table with the Office of Special Projects of the Ministry of Power (MoP), for the review of the 230 kV Sabanitas–Panama III Electric Transmission Line and Associated Substations project, for the issuance of the No Objection Certificate prior to the start of civil works. About 70 per cent of the total transmission line length will run along with the Panamá–Colón highway, which is being constructed by CMC. Thus ETESA, the developer of the transmission line, is required no objection certificate from CMC as well.


The USD88.65 million project will facilitate the evacuation of future generation from the province of Colón, which will also provide an alternative corridor of supply to the province of Panama. It involves the construction of 46-km-long, double-circuit 230 kV transmission line from Colón (Sabanitas) to Panama III and two gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations in Sabanitas and Mocambo (province of Panama). The 230 kV line will enable the transfer of 2,000 MVA of electricity from future thermoelectric power plants.


The joint working table will review the technical documentation of the line layout and access to the new Sabanitas and Panama III substations, cross-sectional plans of the 168 project structures, and other necessary requirements.