Colombia generation project registration nears 5GW

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There are 103 power generation projects for a combined 4.97GW registered in Colombia.

Information from mining and energy planning unit UPME reveals that at the end of September planned plants under 20MW represented the bulk of the projects. There were 75 in this category, for a total 877MW.

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This group is followed by the 20-99MW range with 18 projects for a combined 1.28GW. There were 10 in the 100MW-plus category for a total 2.81GW.

Hydro accounted for 91 (3.44GW) of the 103 projects followed by eight thermo (858MW), three wind (474MW) and one solar (19.9MW). Of the 103 projects, 85 were at the prefeasibility stage, 19 at the feasibility stage and one at the definitive design stage.

The largest hydro, thermo and wind projects belong to Isagen (Patía II 570MW), Ingeandina (Ingeandina Energía Limpia 200MW) and Jemeiwaa Ka'I (Carrizal 195MW), respectively. Awarala Central Eléctrica is behind the solar project.

The majority of projects are in Antioquia department (40.8%) followed by Huila (8.7%), Tolima (7.8%), Cauca (6.8%), Magdalena (4.9%) and Santander (4.9%); 26.2% are in the other 12 departments.

Average effective installed capacity in October totaled 14.7GW, of which 64.3% was hydro, 30.7% thermo, 4.54% small plants and 0.53% cogeneration, according to power wholesale market administrator XM.