21 March 2005 – Bolivia’s electricity regulator has granted permission to the local unit of Colombia’s state power transmission company ISA to start studies on an interconnection with Peru, according to a report from Business News Americas.
In a statement ISA Bolivia said it has up to three years to complete the study, which is budgeted at $374 000. It has identified a 240 km route between the Puno substation in Peru and the Kenko-Kenkara substation in Bolivia that would transport 150 MW from Peru to Bolivia and 120 MW in the other direction.
ISA protects itself against fluctuations in the value of the Colombian peso through its dollar-denominated income from international operations.
It has already interconnected Colombia and Ecuador, is close to connecting Ecuador and Peru, and will be involved in the eventual interconnection of Colombia and Panama. ISA entered Bolivia in June 2003 when it won a concession to build the Santibañez-Sucre, Sucre-Punutuma and Carrasco-Urubó lines.
In the Andean community of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, ISA companies already own per cent of all lines with voltages of or more than 220 kV.