Amid power shortfall, Colombia's Ecopetrol frees up capacity

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Colombia's state oil company Ecopetrol implemented three measures to inject 57.5MW into the country's El Niño-battered power grid.

In a statement, the NOC said it will supply 45,700b of fuel oil from its Barrancabermeja refinery to the Termobarranca power plant, which will allow the latter to operate at a higher capacity.

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Subsidiary and pipeline operator ODL also freed up 16MW by generating its own liquid fuels-based thermal power.

Additionally, the recently commissioned Cartagena refinery is supplying 9MW through its startup operations and stabilization of processes.

The measures are part of a broader plan by Ecopetrol to supply 88MW to the system over the coming weeks.

Hydropower-dependent Colombia faces the threat of power rationing as its depleted reservoirs struggle to meet national demand.

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