Colombia awards transmission management contract

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Colombian energy authorities have awarded the project management contract for transmission infrastructure to bolster power supply in the country's north.

Information from energy planning unit UPME reveals engineering consultancy WSP won the contract for the La Loma substation project.

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The project, which must be completed by November 30, 2016, will connect to the existing 500kV Copey-Ocaña line. Offers to build and operate the infrastructure are due in February.

According to UPME, Loma will help meet increasing industrial demand in the Guajira-Cesar-Magdalena region.

The government's long-term energy expansion plan also includes major generation assets such as the 2.4GW Ituango, 820MW Sogamoso and 325MW Porvenir II hydropower projects.