March 12 (Renewables Now) - The Argentine government launched on Friday a tender to award a contract for the construction of a 500-kV transmission line and five substation links that will support an increase in the country's renewable and thermal power capacity.
The 15-year private-public partnership (PPP) contract will be awarded in early July 2019, the government said. It will cover construction and operation and maintenance (O&M) of the line.
The high-voltage transmission line will connect the substation Rio Diamante in the Mendoza province with the Coronel Charlone substation in the Buenos Aires province. Five more 132-kV lines, one double-circuit and four single-circuit, will link the Charlone substation to towns in the Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, La Pampa and Cordoba provinces.
The Rio Diamante-Charlone scheme is the first of eight high-voltage projects to be awarded in Argentina, the government said.
According to the government’s energy scenario -- Escenarios Energeticos 2030 -- published in December 2017, Argentina expects to add between 14 GW and 18 GW of unconventional renewable energy capacity and reach 25% of generation from renewables by 2030.