Small hydro in Colombia adds more than 60 MW in first four months of 2017

Four small hydro plants began operating in Colombia in the first four months of 2017, adding more than 60 MW of capacity.

According to BNamericas, the plants that began operating are 15-MW Alejandria, 19.9-MW Eden, 19.9-MW El Molino and 10-MW San Matias.

The Alejandria project on the Nare River was developed by Generadora Alejandria. The powerhouse contains two 7.7-MW Francis turbine-generator units.

No details were readily available on the Eden project.

The El Molino and San Matias projects are on the San Matias River and were developed by PCHS Los Molinos S.A.S. E.S.P. The Inter-American Investment Corp. approved a US$12 million loan for development, construction and operation of the two projects in September 2014.

As of the end of April, the country’s effective net electricity generating capacity was 16.7 GW, the bulk of which is hydropower.

In other news, in January 2017 Autoridad Nacional de Licencias Ambientales (ANLA) denied for the second time a license to Isagen to build the 960-MW Canafisto hydro project in Colombia.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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