Improving Panama's Transmission System


MHI is working with Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica, S.A. (ETESA) in Panama to assess the performance of their existing transmission lines. This project involves using topographic information collected by LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology, and computer modelling of the transmission lines.

MHI has forged a long-lasting relationship with ETESA, completing several projects together. This partnership is based on ETESA’s trust in MHI’s capabilities, including transmission line modelling, data collection, and studies.

“The project will provide valuable information on the performances of ETESA’s existing transmission lines,” said Jason Wowryk, Project Engineering Manager, MHI. “With this data, ETESA can make informed decisions to improve reliability and increase capacity on their transmission system.”

To date, MHI has completed the aerial LiDAR collection of the transmission lines. The next stages of the project include data processing, thermal rating and structural analysis, plan and profile drawings, structural modelling and analysis, updating PLS-CADD models, and training.