USTDA SUPPORTS URUGUAY-BRAZIL ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECTION
Mr. Jorge Lepra (left),
Uruguay’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Mines, and Mr. James Nealon
(right), Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, signed an
agreement to officially confer the USTDA grant that will support technical
assistance related to the expansion of the electrical power grid
interconnection between Uruguay and Brazil.
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY –
(September 9, 2005) Expanding the electrical power grid interconnection
between Uruguay and Brazil is the goal of a U.S. Trade and Development
Agency (USTDA) grant that was awarded today to Uruguay’s National
Directorate of Energy and Nuclear Technology. The $441,350 grant will be
used to provide technical assistance related to the establishment of an
approximately 400 kilometer-long transmission line that would interconnect
the respective electrical systems.
James Nealon, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, signed an
agreement to officially confer the grant on behalf of the U.S. government
during a ceremony held at the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines of
Uruguay. Mr. Jorge Lepra, Uruguay’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Mines,
signed the agreement for the grant recipient. Mr. Gerardo Triunfo, National
Director of Energy and Nuclear Technology, also took part in the ceremony.
The proposed new
transmission line, which would have an installed capacity of about 500
megawatts (MW), follows the construction of a 70MW transmission line that
was installed in 2001. There are several anticipated advantages of
expanding the existing grid interconnection, including allowing less
expensive sources of electric power to be more fully utilized by a broader
base of users and increasing the overall reliability of the two systems.
The proposed transmission line is a priority for the governments of Uruguay
and Brazil, which have created a working group for the project. A key
output of the USTDA-funded technical assistance will be recommendations
regarding the operational, commercial, regulatory structure of the project.
The opportunity to provide
the technical assistance will be competed on the Federal Business
Opportunities website (www.fedbizopps.gov).
Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions
contained in the Federal Business Opportunities announcement.
Uruguay’s National Directorate of Energy will select the U.S. contractor
that will provide the technical assistance.
The U.S. Trade and
Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial
interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds
various forms of technical assistance, feasibility studies, training,
orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a
modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA’s
strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy
and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for
trade, investment and sustainable economic development. In carrying out its
mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S.
exports of goods and services.