A 500-MW interconnection currently under construction between Uruguay and Brazil is expected to enable the former to export any surplus power, reports United Press International.

Dr. Ramon Mendez, Uruguay’s national director of energy, confirmed that in 2014 Uruguay will be able to import electricity from Brazil through the Candiota-San Carlos interconnection, but more importantly export any surplus the year after.

The synchronize the frequencies of Uruguay’s (50 Hz) and Brazil’s (60 Hz) grid system a converter station has been build in the town of Melo.

There are also plans to increase the capacity of the Candiota-San Carlos link to 1000 MW.

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