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CFE sub-marine power line project set for Cozumel

Cozumel, Q.R. — Approximately 16 kilometers of underwater cable will be added to modernize the sub-marine electric lines that power the island of Cozumel. Mayor Pedro Joaquín Delbouis explained that they are reviewing the expansion of the CFE cable that runs to the island.

“Twenty three years after its installation, the island’s electrical capacity will be expanded with the modernization, an investment will be triggered and it will encourage job creation, one of our main priorities given the difficult situation that the destination is going through due to the pandemic of Covid-19,” Joaquín Delbouis explained.

He says the project would provide 15 to 20 more years of life to the electrical infrastructure, which currently has six 34,500-volt lines, which will be reinforced with three lines of 115,000 volts.

He pointed out that the project to modernize the sub-marine line is extremely important since it will not only expand the load capacity, service in terms of data transfer will be substantially improved due to the use of an optical fiber line.

“With this project, the electrical infrastructure, which currently has six 34,500-volt supply lines to the island, would be reinforced with three 115,000-volt lines to significantly increase the lifespan for another 15 to 20 years.

“It will also include the installation of fiber optic cable to mainly improve internet service on the island,” he added.

The Director of Cozumel Public Works, Enrique Peraza Peraza, explained that the project will be a federal investment through the CFE. He said that this year, the municipal, state and federal permits will be processed, since work is planned to begin in 2022.

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