820-MW Sogamoso hydro project begins operating in Colombia

The 820-MW Sogamoso project in Colombia is now complete, following six years of construction, with the official opening celebrated Jan. 15.

The facility, owned by Isagen, was built by Salini Impregilo on the Sogamoso River in Satander department, northwest Colombia.

The President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, and several representatives of his cabinet officially opened the facility.

The arrangement at Sogamoso consists of a 190-meter-tall concrete-faced rockfill dam and an underground powerhouse that contains three turbine-generator units.

The plant began operating on Dec. 20, 2014. The facility is expected to produce an average of 5,056 GWh of electricity per year. Isagen anticipates this will be about 8.3% of the energy Colombians consume in a year.

Isagen is a Colombian public utility company primarily dedicated to generating and selling electrical energy. The company purchased rights to develop the Sogamoso project from Electrificadora de Santander .A. in 2007.

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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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