Colombia’s Guatape hydro facility back on line after fire

Colombian utility Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM) brought two of the eight turbine-generator units at its 560-MW Guatape hydro facility back on line after a February fire.

The utility says emergency work to bring the remaining six units on line is advancing according to schedule, according to BNamericas. All eight units should be fully functional by September.

EPM says the Feb. 15 fire resulted from an incident with the cables that take electricity from the powerhouse to the substation.

The plant is in Antioquia Department of Colombia and was built in the late 1960s.

EPM owns 2,600 MW of generating capacity.

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