Máximo Pacheco, Minister of Energy of Chile and Roberto García Merino, Corporate Director of Business Diversification of Red Eléctrica, visited the works of the electricity interconnection between the two subsystems of the Andean country.
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The project, being carried out by Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte (TEN), a company owned 50% by Red Eléctrica Chile, a subsidiary of Red Eléctrica Internacional, and 50% by the Chilean company Engie Energia Chile, a subsidiary of ENGIE, is currently in an advanced stage of construction and consists of a 500 kilovolt power line that is 600 kilometres in length that will connect the Sistema Interconectado Central (SIC) grid with the Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande (SING) grid, in addition to four electricity substations.
With an investment of over 780 million, this infrastructure, which is part of the transmission backbone system in Chile and will be the first interconnection between the two subsystems of the country, is scheduled to be commissioned in the second half of 2017. At present, the degree of progress of the project is above 60%
During the visit, which took place in the Changos sector in the municipality of Mejillones, where the new transformer substation Los Changos will be located, Roberto García pointed out the following: "Red Eléctrica joined the project being fully aware of its importance, and did so with the desire and the responsibility to contribute its experience and technical skills to a strategic project for Chile and that will interconnect the Chilean electricity system for the first time ever."