Belize’s Energy Dependence on Mexico and Future Power Supply Plans

Belize’s Energy Dependence on Mexico and Future Power Supply Plans

As Belize works at increasing its sources of power supply, the country remains reliant on Mexico’s CFE.  According to the terms of agreement with CFE, the amount of energy we get depends on the demand over in Mexico.  As BEL’s Chairman Andrew Marshalleck explained, once the demand increases across the border, Mexico would then ask us to scale back on our demands.  Perhaps the most interesting point brought across in his interview was the development of the Tren Maya in Mexico and the electricity it will require to function.

Andrew Marshalleck, BEL Chairman: “In terms of the reliability of that going forward. All the projections are that it will not be reliable and that you have to find alternative sources in order to stabilize your supply over the next few years. They’re introducing Tren Maya. It’s expected that that’s going to be an electric train on Yucatan requiring nearly double the capacity that they have right now. They’re building plants. Yes, they have plants approved for construction. They have plants where applications have been made for approval. The last I read, four very large plants are under construction. Some 20 have been already permitted for construction and another 12 was awaiting the permitted for construction. But what I’m doing is showing you their pipeline for getting capacity on the ground is well underway. And my concern always, and I repeat it, is that in Belize where we know we’re short, we have nothing approved for construction, no permits issued, and we haven’t yet advertised to get expressions of interest for providing that capacity on the ground. We’re relying on the government to intervene to provide the Saudi solar farm and the World Bank batteries and it’s absolutely critical that those be delivered.”

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