A pair of Colombian firms have been granted a 30-year concession to build and operate a 220-kilovolt electrical transmission line in Peru that will draw power from a hydroelectric plant near Machu Picchu. Empresa de Energia de Bogota S.A. and Interconexion Electrica S.A. will build the 204-kilometer Machu Picchu-Abancay-Cotaruse line for $62.5 million, officials said. Over the summer, the Zürich, Switzerland-based ABB group was awarded a three-year, $148.5-million contract to increase the installed power of the Machu Picchu facility to 99.86 megawatts and build an 87.57-MW facility near Santa Teresa. The project is designed to regulate the level and flow of the Vilcanota River, minimizing the risk of landslides and flooding.
Colombian Firms Win Transmission Project
December 8, 2010