January 30 (Renewables Now) - Mexico’s tender for a 1.5-GW transmission line to connect the isolated Baja California grid to the National Interconnected System has attracted the interest of 45 companies from Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Mexico, Spain and the US.
Mexico's Secretariat of Energy (SENER) said Monday the proposals by bidders in the tender will be presented in July and the winner will be announced on September 14.
This is the first tender for private participation in power transmission projects in Mexico. It will be open to national and international companies or consortia, who will compete to finance, build, operate and maintain the transmission line.
The 1,400-km (870 mile) line will run between Mexicali, Baja California on the Mexico-US border and Hermosillo, Sonora, and will use high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology. It will facilitate an increase in the use of renewable energy, as the region has ample wind and solar resources.
Investment in the project is estimated at USD 1.1 billion (EUR 887m).