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Power Lines Will Go Underground

Thursday, August 26 2010 @ 06:57 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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At a cost of $23 million Dollars, Union Fenosa will replace power lines with underground cables in Panama City, Santiago and David in a four-year period starting in March 2011 and ending in July 2014, reported Sebastian Perez , the Director of Distribution for the electrical company. The bid for companies to perform the work will be held in November 2010. This project will increase the cost to consumers at a rate of 0.001 cents per kilowatt of electricity used by residential customers, or $1.00 for 1,000 kilowatts, explained Perez.
During the installation of the new cables and the replacement of the existing power cables on poles for underground cables, power will be interrupted by sectors for no more than four hours at a time, not days, said the representative of Union Fenosa. In Panama City the cables will be changed along vía Brasil, vía España, Avenida Federico Boyd and Calle 50, at a cost of more than $18 million dollars. In Santiago the work will be from Central Avenue to the Inter American Highway, covering 3.7 km at a cost of more than $1.8 million dollars. In David, the work will be done around the Cervantes park, covering more than 2.2 kilometers, at a cost of $836,443 dollars.

The excavated areas will have chambers that will prevent water from damaging the system during floods, meanwhile the transformers currently hanging from electrical poles will be at ground level next to the sidewalks and others for lack of space will be underground, said Perez. The impact is visual, and dramatically reduces damages caused to power lines by birds, trees, or lightening strikes that affect service, as well as drivers who hit the electrical power poles. The project being carried out by Union Fenosa will also involve cables for telecommunications, said the source. (La Critica)

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