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Sea change: Colombia's seven offshore wind projects

Bnamericas Published: Wednesday, July 06, 2022
Sea change: Colombia's seven offshore wind projects

Investors have submitted plans for seven wind farms off Colombia's Caribbean coast as the Andean nation accelerates its shift to low-carbon energy sources. 

According to the project registry of energy ministry planning unit UPME, the proposed developments would have combined installed capacity of 4,835MW. 

They are earmarked for the departments of La Guajira (two projects), Magdalena (two), Bolívar (two) and Atlántico (one).

The most advanced project is the 200MW Los Vientos Alisios complex planned for waters off the municipality of Santa Catalina in Bolívar. 

Spanish developer BlueFloat Energy has already secured a grid connection for the initiative, which is expected to be fully operational in August 2025.

Rising interest in offshore wind follows the publication of an industry roadmap by the government in early May. The document envisages up to 1GW of installed marine wind capacity by 2030, 3GW by 2040 and 9GW by 2050.

Here are the seven offshore wind projects listed in the UPME registry:

OWF Astrolabio 

Capacity: 825MW 

Location: Uribia, La Guajira

Developer: OWF Astrolabio SAS ESP

Expected completion: August 2, 2032

OWF Barlovento 

Capacity: 825MW

Location Uribia, La Guajira

Developer: OWF Barlovento SAS ESP

Expected completion: August 2, 2032

OWF Bergantin 

Capacity: 825MW

Location: Santa Marta, Magdalena

Developer: OWF Bergantín SAS ESP

Expected completion: August 6, 2032

OWF Galeon 

Capacity: 825MW

Location: Barranquilla, Atlántico

Developer: OWF Galeón SAS ESP

Expected completion: August 6, 2032

OWF Goleta 

Capacity: 825MW

Location: Santa Marta, Magdalena

Developer: OWF Goleta

Expected completion: August 2, 2032

OWF Bitácora

Capacity: 510MW

Location: Cartagena, Bolivar

Developer: OWF Bitácora SAS ESP

Expected completion: August 6, 2032

Vientos Alisios 

Capacity: 200MW

Location: Santa Catalina, Bolivar

Developer: Parque Eólico Offshore Vientos Alisios SAS

Expected completion: August 12, 2025

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