Work on the Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC) is due to be completed in April, enabling Central American nations to buy and sell power on a large scale.

Nicaragua’s Ministry of Energy and Mines confirmed that the interconnected high-voltage power line system “is already operating “, except for a 130-km stretch still under construction in Costa Rica.

According to Dario Carmona, Honduras’ deputy minister, SIEPAC will bring two major benefits to the region – energy security and favourable prices for countries that need to buy-in energy.

Nicaraguan daily El Nuevo Diario reports that 230 kV SIEPAC network extends 1790 km, from Guatemala to Panama, and will carry 300 MW in the first phase and up to 600 MW in the second.

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