The government of Colombia has declared of public utility the lands necessary to build the 2,400-MW Pescadero Ituango and 400-MW Porce 4 hydroelectric projects in Colombia’s Antioquia Department.
In response to requests to Colombia’s Ministerio de Minas y Energia, the national government condemned the land for the projects, declaring the lands to be of public utility and in the public interest in an August 26 resolution. To avoid unnecessary restrictions on private property, a government statement said the project developers must release lands that are not required for the projects in the shortest possible time.
Colombia’s Comision de Regulacion de Energia y Gas authorized purchase of power from Pescadero Ituango, Porce 4, and four other hydroelectric projects in June. (HNN 6/17/08)
Hidroelectrica Pescadero Ituango, a joint venture led by hydro utility Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM), is developing Pescadero Ituango on the Ituango River in northern Antioquia. The US$2.29 billion project is to include a 220-meter-tall dam and a powerhouse containing eight Francis turbine-generators, on line by 2018.
EPM also is involved in development of Porce 4 on the Porce River on northeastern Antioquia. It is expected to be operating by 2015.