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A total of 89 companies have expressed interest to date in Mexico's tender to build and operate a power transmission line that will connect the isolated Baja California system to the country's national grid (see infograph below).
The potential bidders for the 30-year contract include local firms Sademex Ingeniería y Construccion and Serintra; the local subsidiaries of ABB and Engie; US companies Mastec, Nexterra Energy Transmission and Transcanyon; Spanish group Elecnor; Colombia's ISA; and Kalpataru Power Transmission from India, according to the energy ministry (Sener).
Registration began February 8 and closes April 23 with prequalifiers to be published July 27. Offers are due August 17 and awarding is scheduled for September 14.
The 1,400km line will cost an estimated US$1.1bn and run between Mexicali, capital of Baja California state, and Hermosillo, capital of Sonora state.