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August 25, 2018 (Mexico City). The Tender for the Interconnection Project of the Electric System of Baja California with the National Interconnected System under the new contracting model for electric transmission lines is announced.

The Ministry of Energy will carry out the tender for the financing, installation, maintenance, management and operation of the Interconnection of the Electric System of Baja California (BC) with the National Interconnected System (SIN). This is the first electric power transmission project to be developed based on the Electricity Industry Law under a Management Contract, which allows private participation in the transmission of electric power.

The new contracting model for electric transmission lines considers the following:

  • SENER will organize Tenders for the assignment of Management Contracts for transmission line projects derived from PRODESEN.
  • The Bidding will be coordinated and executed through a Bidding Committee composed of SENER public servants.
  • The winner of the tender will be the one who requests the lowest constant annual contractual payment.
  • The Contractor will carry out the financing, installation, maintenance, management and operation of the Line.
  • The CRE will include the amount of the annual contractual contractual payment in the transmission rate.
  • CENACE will pay directly to the Contractor, with the resources derived from the transmission fee.
  • At the end of the term of the Contract, the assets will be transferred to the State.

The BC - SIN interconnection project includes two Converting Stations and a High Voltage Direct Current Transmission Line (HVDC), with an estimated length of 1,400 kilometers circuit at a voltage level of ± 500 kilo Volts and a transmission capacity of 1,500 Mega Watts. This project will be the largest with this technology in Mexico.

The Call for the start of the First Bid will be published in January with the objective of issuing the bid decision in September 2018. The main activities of the bidding process are the following:

Proposed timetable for the 1st SENER Tender for private participation in electric transmission lines.

Efficient HVDC power lines eliminate the drawbacks of moving power across these long distances.

For large grids, HVDC lines provide an undeniable boon: electricity surpluses in one area can provide power to a nation’s farthest flung regions, reducing blackouts. HVDC can also balance out the intermittency of renewable energy. Wind and solar power are typically generated far from urban and industrial centers—by offshore wind farms anchored in turbulent seas or solar panels arrayed in isolated deserts.

Mexico's national electricity infrastructure will add eight new projects at $3.5 billion.

One of the works is the subsea HVDC line that will connect the isolated system of Baja California Sur to the national interconnected system (SIN). It is estimated that the project will start operating in 2021.

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