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Paraguay state utility ANDE has secured a $250 million loan to modernise and strengthen the country’s electricity sector.

The loan from the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) is aimed to improve the quality of the electricity supply service by improving the reliability and sustainability of the distribution and transmission systems, by reducing interruptions and downtime and enhancing the planning and management processes.

The modernisation programme covers the entire electric distribution system, with the implementation of an integrated information system for managing the distribution processes.

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This will be complemented with network infrastructure changes in the main urban areas of 14 departments, including Concepción, San Pedro, Cordillera, Guairá, Caaguazú, Caazapá, Itapúa, Misiones, Paraguarí, Alto Paraná, Ñeembucú, Amambay, Canindeyú and Presidente Hayes.

The programme includes a change from bare to protected conductors over an 800km extension at the medium voltage level and a similar change over a 2,000km extension at the low voltage level.

Other works will include reinforcements in conventional and self-protected transformer stations and the improvement of public lighting with the installation of 10,000 additional lights.

In addition, two 220/23kV-41.67MVA mobile substations and two 66/23kV-30MVA mobile substations will be acquired to reduce supply cuts originating in substations through scheduled work, maintenance or other contingencies.

The comprehensive management system will include a geographical information system and distribution management and outage management systems among others.

Complementing these works, a new national distribution operations centre will be constructed and adaptions will be made to the regional operations centres.