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Government allocates Cozumel hotel zone land to CFE for submarine cable project

Cozumel, Q.R. — The Official Gazette of the Federation published the agreement that allocates Cozumel land to the CFE. The allocated land will be used by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for the underwater submarine cable that will run from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel.

According to the document, this surface includes 200 square meters of the maritime-terrestrial area on Rafael E. Melgar Boulevard in the north hotel zone of Cozumel. The land was requested by the CFE on November 3, 2022 for the project “LT Playa del Carmen-Chankanaab II”.

The LT Playa del Carmen-Chankanaab II project will allow electricity to be brought to Cozumel from a substation at Playa 88 in central Playa del Carmen to the island of Cozumel.

On Tuesday, CFE was awarded surface area land use for the requested 200 square meters.

The Official Gazette publications also details that through the official letter SRA/DGIRA/DG/03353-23 of August 28, 2023, the General Directorate of Environmental Impact and Risk issued a favorable resolution authorizing CFE Transmission, a subsidiary production company of CFE, for the project that consists of work related to site preparation, construction, operation and maintenance of a 115 KV LTE, with a total length of 30.64 kilometers.

This project contemplates that the transmission line ends at North 88th Street, known as Playa 88 in the Luis Donaldo Colosio neighborhood of Playa del Carmen. That announcement was made in March of this year.

At the time, Playa del Carmen Mayor Lili Campos said her administration was working on keeping Playa 88 open to residents, adding that City Council was analyzing challenging the decree of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) that granted the CFE 200 square meters of the beach.

The federal CFE Playa del Carmen to Cozumel underwater cable project is expected to begin in August of this year and finish in mid-2025. The new cables will provide the additional electricity demands of the island due to population growth.