PR, Colombia study undersea cable proposal

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Officials in Puerto Rico and Colombia are studying the possibility of building the world's longest undersea power line to carry electricity from South America to the Caribbean island.

Puerto Rico State Secretary Fernando Bonilla says the project could reduce the island's heavy dependence on oil and lower electricity bills.

Two Colombian power companies will pay for the feasibility study.

If built, the underwater cable could measure nearly 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) -- surpassing a 360-mile (580-kilometer) link between Norway and the Netherlands that began service in September.

Thursday's agreement between Puerto Rico and Colombia also calls for study of renewable energy options.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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