Alberto Fernández participated in the inauguration of the Juana Azurduy electroduct in Bolivia

President Alberto Fernández arrived this afternoon in the Bolivian town of Yacuiba to inaugurate, together with his counterpart, Luis Arce, the Juana Azurduy de Padilla electroduct, the first electrical energy link between the two countries.

With this work, the first in terms of international electrical interconnection Bolivia will be able to connect to the high voltage transport system, improving the supply of the populations of the border areas.

In addition to the substation on the Bolivian side, the laying of more than 100 kilometers of cables capable of transporting 132 kilowatts to Tartagal, Salta province will be inaugurated.

Fernandez with Luis Arce

“Today Bolivia has a surplus of 1,500kw per day that it is interested in selling. A part will be able to sell it to Argentina and the interconnected countries,” the Argentine ambassador to Bolivia, Ariel Basteiro, explained in dialogue with the Télam news agency.

In that framework, Bolivia will join the system that allows electricity exchange with Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil and Argentina, for its part, will be able to access Bolivian energy to the north of Salta and it will be possible, if necessary, to send energy to the country’s neighbor.

After the inauguration, Fernández used his Twitter account to provide information about the work. “The Juana Azurduy de Padilla electroduct improves the supply for families in the north of the country and our industry, promoting the development of the entire region“, wrote.

And he deepened: “It has two substations: one here, in Yaguacua, and another in the Salta city of Tartagal, which redistributes electricity from southern Bolivia. This is achieved by agreeing with @luchoxbolivia, as brothers, so that the progress of our peoples will not stop”.

In addition, the president said that before going to the construction site they met “to talk about the importance of cooperation in health and energy, such as lithium, and to increase bilateral trade. With great joy, we took a concrete step towards integration. Working together is essential for our peoples.”

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Alberto Fernández participated in the inauguration of the Juana Azurduy electroduct in Bolivia