Colombia's GEB extends reach to Caribbean coast

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB) has expanded into Colombia's Caribbean region by completing a raft of power transmission projects.

New infrastructure includes a 220kV substation, associated high-voltage power lines and two transformers in Ciénaga, Magdalena department, GEB said in a statement.

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"These works will improve the reliability of the electric system and reduce supply risks to nearly 3mn people in the departments of Magdalena, Cesar and La Guajira," the statement read.

This development marks GEB's first foray into the area, where it also has another three transmission projects under development.

No details were given about how much is being invested.

GEB said the new facilities formed part of the government's Plan 5 Caribe program, which aims to improve grid reliability on Colombia's northern coast.

The announcement came a day after local transmission firm ISA began operating the Caracolí substation and two high-voltage power lines near the Atlantic port city of Barranquilla.