Colombia to build diesel-fired power plants

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Colombia's mining and energy ministry has announced plans to build three diesel-fueled power plants in the country's southwest.

Earmarked for the city of Tumaco, in Nariño department, the plants will have combined installed capacity of 6MW, the ministry said in a statement.

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They will each have fuel storage capacity of 10,000 gallons.

Investment in the projects is forecast at 7bn pesos (US$3mn) with construction work to be carried out by Cedenar SA.

"The national government is honoring its agreement with Tumaco, a municipality which has been hit by attacks against its electric infrastructure, leaving the population without electricity and resulting in very serious social and economic impacts," energy minister Tomás González said in a statement.

The plant's capacity will provide 40% of the power for Tumaco and the surrounding area, representing 22,000 users.