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Antioquia

 

Hidromontañitas was built in the limits of Donmatías and Santa Rosa de Osos, started construction in January 2009 and completed construction in May of 2012.

This plant, which uses the flow from the Río Grande and is located on the right bank of the river, has a derivation structure that takes water directly from the river bed, so it does not need a reservoir; is a Run-of-the-river hydroelectric project, which means, it captures the water that's allowed by the environmental license and the rest flows back to the river.

  • Location: Don Matías, Antioquia
  • Year of entry: 2012
  • Number of employees: 11
  • Installed Capacity: 19.9 MW
  • Built type: hídrica a filo de agua
  • Generating units: 2
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN) :
    - 2012: 0.14%
    - 2013: 0.25%

Technical Features

LThe plant Río Piedras is located in the department of Antioquia, 90 km southwest of Medellín, in the municipality of Jericó, Antioquia.

It operates with a Run-of-the-river hydroelectric, which means, it captures the water needed to generate and the rest is left to flow again to the river. The energy generated is carried along a transmission line, 44 kV, 7 km in length, to the substation Jericó Public Enterprises of Medellin (EPM), in which the power is delivered to the National Interconnected System (SIN). 

  • Year of entry: 2000
  • Number of collaborators: 13
  • Instal capacity:: 19.9 MW
  • Generation type: Hidroeléctrica a filo de agua
  • Generation units: 2
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN)::
    - 2011: 0.3%
    - 2012: 0.20%
    - 2013: 0.24%

Technical features

 

Tolima

 

  • Location: Roncesvalles, Tolima
  • Startup Year: 2015
  • Installed capacity: 55 MW
  • Type of generation:hídrica a filo de agua.
  • Generation Units: 2. 

The Cucuana Hydroelectric Power Plant operates in Tolima. This run-of-river power plant was certified as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) by the United Nations, UN, for its contribution to climate change mitigation. In 21 years, it is expected to avoid the emission of approximately 1,853,250 nominal metric tons of greenhouse gases. During its constructive peak, the project generated more than 1,100 direct jobs, 491 of them to inhabitants of the municipalities of Roncesvalles, San Antonio, Rovira and Chaparral, and 300 indirect jobs in leasing, catering and lodging services, among others.

Thanks to the construction of this hydroelectric power plant project, the Organization has made investments in social and environmental projects for nearly COP 34 billion in 78 projects that were agreed with the communities and address basic community needs, most importantly:

  • 18 production projects in which COP 770 million were invested, benefiting 462 families from 12 towns in Roncesvalles and San Antonio, in coffee, beans, cold-weather fruit trees (tree tomato, lulo and blackberry), wicker, laying hens, fish farming and livestock.
  • Delivery of 15,000 school kits between 2010 and 2015.
  • Improvement of 18 rural educational institutions and the construction of one school.
  • Furnishing of 16 rural schools with first-aid kits, libraries and sports equipment.
  • Improvement and furnishing of 8 school cafeterias.
  • Reforestation of 160.41 hectares.
  • Installation of 100 septic systems, 10 of which were implemented in rural schools.
  • Recovery, renovation and improvement of 82 kilometers of the Rovira-Roncesvalles road, which reduced commuting time from 8 to 4 hours from Ibagué to this area of the department of Tolima.
  • COP 1.3 billion on the renovation of tertiary roads and country roads, whose execution is currently at 90%.

The construction of the Cucuana Hydroelectric Power Plant required the prior consultation with the Pijao de Oro indigenous group, with whom agreements were made to address the impacts identified by the community to defend and strengthen the collective rights of the indigenous group.

Located in the center-east of the department of Tolima and 4 kilometers from the county suburban limits of Prado and 200 km from Bogota.

  • Location: Prado, Tolima
  • Year started: 1973
  • Number of employees: 26
  • Installed capacity: 51 MW
  • Generation type: hídrica por embalse
  • Generating units: 4
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN):
    - 2011: 0.52%
    - 2012: 0.28%
    - 2013: 0.24%


Valle del Cauca

 

  • Location: Tuluá- Buga, Valle del Cauca
  • Year of entry: 2014
  • Number of empleyees: 5
  • Installed capacity: 20 MW
  • Generation type: Run-of-the-river hydroelectric
  • Generation units: 2
  • PParticipation in the National Interconnected System (SIN):
    - 2012: 0.05%
    - 2013: 0.09%

The two plants are located in a tropical rainforest that contains countless rivers and waterfalls with crystalline water and has a great variety of fauna and flora typical of the Pacific region. It is an area rich in primary forests that are characterized by their biodiversity in flora and fauna; This is the place with the third place of greatest rainfall in the world and the first in diversity of birds.

The Alto Anchicayá hydroelectric power plant is located in the department of Valle del Cauca, 85 km west of Cali, in the limits of the municipalities of Buenaventura and Dagua. For its part, the Bajo Anchicayá power plant is located within the perimeter of the Los Farallones Natural Park.

  • Location: Dagua, Valle del Cauca
  • Startup Year: 1955
  • Number of employees: 68
  • Installed capacity: 429 MW
  • Type of generation: hídrica por embalse
  • Generation Units: 7
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN):
    - 2011: 3.33%
    - 2012: 2.61%
    - 2013: 2.89%

  • Location: Palmira, Valle del Cauca
  • Year started: 2010
  • Number of employees: 3
  • Installed capacity: 19,9 MW
  • Generation type: Run-of-the-river hydroelectric
  • Generating units: 2
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN):
    - 2011: 0.17%
    - 2012: 0.09%
    - 2013: 0.07%

  • Location: Buga- San Pedro, Valle del Cauca
  • Year of entry: 2015
  • Installed capacity: 20 MW
  • Generation type: Run-of-the-river hydroelectric

Calima is considered one of the greatest tourist attractions in the country, among the three fastest winds of the world and the first in Colombia throughout the year, which is ideal for practicing water sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing and boats powered by sail , among others.

  • Location: Darién, Valle del Cauca
  • Year of entry: 1966
  • Number of employees: 26
  • Installed capacity: 132 MW
  • Generation type: hídrica por embalse
  • Generating units: 4
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN):  
    - 2011: 0.39%
    - 2012: 0.35%
    - 2013: 0.26%

The El Rumor hydroelectric plant is located 5 km from the municipality of Tuluá, on the Colombian Central Range. Take advantage of the waters of the Tuluá River to generate energy.

  • Location: Tuluá, Valle del Cauca
  • Year started: repotenciada en 1999
  • Number of employees: 4
  • Installed capacity: 2.5 MW
  • Generation type: Run-of-the-river hydroelectric
  • Generating units: 1
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN):
    - 2011: 0.02%
    - 2012: 0.02%
    - 2013: 0.02%

The plants are located on the Central Mountain Range in the Colombian department of Valle del Cauca, about 13Km from the center of the city of Palmira.

  • Location: Palmira, Valle del Cauca
  • Year started: 1942
  • Number of employees: 9
  • Installed Capacity: 6,7 MW
  • Generation type: hídrica a filo de agua
  • Generating units: 3
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN):
    - 2011: 0.06%
    - 2012: 0.05%
    - 2013: 0.05

These plants are located in the western part of Valle del Cauca. The main economic sectors of the region are the livestock, agriculture and mining, where their coffee crops stand, being the most intense in the mountainous area and sugarcane in second place, which is exploited by major sugar mills.

  • Location: Cali, Valle del Cauca
  • Year started: 1925
  • Number of employees: 8
  • Installed capacity: 1.8 MW
  • Generation type: hídrica a filo de agua
  • Generating units: 4
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN): 
    - 2011: 0.02%
    - 2012: 0.02%
    - 2013:  0.02%

  • Location: Tuluá, Valle del Cauca
  • Year started: repowered in 1910
  • Number of employee:: 4
  • Installed capacity 1.7 MW
  • Generation type: Run-of-the-river hydroelectric
  • Generation type: 2
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN)::
    - 2011: 0.02%
    - 2012: 0.02%
    - 2013: 0.01%

La central de Riofrío 2 se encuentra ubicada a 3 Km del municipio de Riofrío en la parte baja de la Cordillera Occidental, en la vía que conduce al corregimiento de Salónica. Capta parte del río que lleva su nombre.

  • Location: Tuluá, Valle del Cauca
  • Year of entry: 1996
  • Number of employees: 4
  • Installed capacity: 10 MW
  • Generation type: hídrica a filo de agua
  • Generation units: 2
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN):
    - 2011: 0.10%
    - 2012: 0.08%
    - 2013: 0.07%

This multipurpose project is in the municipality of Suarez, Cauca 65 km south of Cali. It dams the Cauca River to control flooding.

  • Location: Suárez, Cauca
  • Year started: 1985
  • Number of employees: 37
  • Installed capacity: 285 MW
  • Generation type: hídrica con embalse
  • Generating units: 3
  • Participation in the National Interconnected System (SIN):
    - 2011: 2.60%
    - 2012: 1.65%
    - 2013: 1.34%

 

Panamá

 

These three plants (Gualaca, Lorena and Prudencia) in cascade, use the turbinated waters of the Fortuna and Canjilones Power Plants.
Located in the Province of Chiriquí, the Gualaca Central is in the vicinity of the Gualaca District and the Lorena and Prudencia Centrals, near the City of David.

The three plants have a 100 MW contract for 10 years, from 2013 to 2022, and the boards have the following characteristics:

  • Channel Extension 19 Kms
  • Installed capacity: 118 MW
  • Construction period: 2008 – 2013
  • Number of employees: 38 

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