Dessau, a Montreal-based consulting engineering firm, has won an Award of Excellence for its works on the SIEPAC Project (Electrical Interconnection System for Central American Countries), a high-voltage transmission and telecommunications network that extends over 1,800 kilometres, connecting six Central American countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
Completed in 2012, the long-awaited investment improves electrical and communications services for over 30 million people.
It was one of 26 handed out recently at the 45th Annual Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala, a joint initiative of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer Magazine.
According to the magazine, SIEPAC’s owner, EPR (Empresa Propietaria de la Red), commissioned Dessau for the design, turnkey tenders and supervision of equipment fabrication, detailed engineering, construction and commissioning of the project. In this central role, the company managed the project and supervised construction of the network, including 15 substations. In addition, the company worked with over 100 stakeholders — government and financial organizations, transmission companies, local contractors, etc. — and met unprecedented challenges.
“From a humanitarian standpoint, a mega-project that physically interconnects six countries through shared infrastructure is a revolutionary, peace-building endeavour in an area known for its tumultuous past riddled with conflicts and civil wars,” a panel of judges stated.
“The SIEPAC project resulted in the construction of permanent road infrastructures, and has created business opportunities due to lower energy and telecommunications costs.”