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CFE submits MIA for Playa del Carmen to Cozumel submarine cable

Cozumel, Q.R. — An MIA for the laying of another submarine electric cable from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel has been submitted. The Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) was submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) on September 14.

The following day, Semarnat published the 824 page document that details the CFE plan to run the new submarine cable from the mainland to the island. According to the lengthy document, the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) will run approximately 30 kilometers of cable under the sea from the area of Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta on the mainland to Isla Cozumel.

The MIA, if accepted, will allow the CFE to being the 750 million peso project that will see the island’s supply of power reinforced. If approved, it will be the fourth underwater cable running that route from PDC to Cozumel.

The Playa del Carmen-Chankaanab project, as it is called, will be completed in three stages. First is a 4 kilometer long underground section followed by an 18.9 kilometer section and then a 7.5 kilometer long stretch of cable, totaling 30.4 kilometers in length.

Once connected, the CFE will provide Cozumel with electricity from the Ejidal substation in Playa del Carmen. It will be added to the network that runs from the center of PDC to Cozumel and from the Chunzubul area of PDC to Cozumel.

Upon approval, the CFE will have three years to complete the 30.4 kilometer long underwater cable project that is forecast to reinforce electricity for around 81,000 people for the next 25 years.