PERU, Oct. 6, 2000 (BNamericas.com)—Rural electrification in Peru has reached 75% to date, compared to 55% in 1993 when the Mines & Energy Ministry (MEM) started its national electrification program, in which U.S. $494 million has already been invested, MEM project department executive director Luis Nicho said in a press release.

The project has so far seen the installation of 2,300km of transmission lines, 10,500 km of medium voltage transmission lines and networks, and the addition of 150 MW installed capacity, Nicho said.

The state develops rural electrification because it is not an attractive sector for private investors, Nicho explained, due to the fact that many towns are difficult to access.

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