Panama’s state-owned grid operator Etesa has confirmed it received only one offer in its tender for electricity supplies from coal-fired power plants. The bid came from local company Termo Energia, which offered 150 MW of capacity.

The supply of electricity would come from its Termo Energia II unit for the 2017-31 period, and Termo Energia reportedly requested a price of $0.1/kWh.

Etesa is after at least 100 MW of capacity from coal-fired plants to supply its power distribution companies: Elektra Noreste, Electrica Metro-Oeste and Electrica Chiriqui.

According to La Estrella, earlier this week Panama City was hit by a four-hour power cut due to a “failure of two transmission lines”.

This latest blackout is said to have triggered discussions on the feasibility of constructing a third high-voltage transmission in the country.

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