Colombia convenes bidders to interconnect 660-MW Porce 3

The government of Colombia is convening a meeting of potential investors and contractors to develop a substation and transmission line to interconnect the 660-MW Porce 3 hydroelectric project with the national grid. The meeting is scheduled October 18.

The Unidad de Planeacion Minero Energetica (UPME) of the Ministerio de Minas y Energia said a bidding process would begin soon to select an investor and a project supervisor for design, procurement, construction, operation, and maintenance of the 500-kilovolt Porce substation and power lines needed to connect with the grid.

Colombia President Alvaro Uribe Velez took part in a February ceremony to mark diversion of the Porce River for the Porce 3 project. (HNN 2/26/07) With an investment of US$920 million, the hydro project is to be completed in 2011 in Antioquia Province.

UPME invited national and international investors, engineering consultants, equipment suppliers, insurance companies, investment banks, and other interested parties to the information meeting at 10 a.m. October 18 at UPME’s auditorium at Carrera 50, No. 26-20 in Bogota.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to register in advance on the UPME Internet site,

For information, contact Unidad de Planeacion Minero Energetica, Carrera 50, No. 26-20, Bogota, Colombia; (57) 1-2220601; Fax: (57) 1-2219537; E-mail:; Internet:

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