Russian firm plans to participate in Colombia hydros

Russian power plant builder Technopromexport announced it plans to participate in construction of the 800-MW Sogamoso and 2,400-MW Pescadero Ituango hydroelectric projects in Colombia.

Technopromexport said the projects were discussed with Colombia Energy Minister Hernan Martinez in October during talks with a Russian delegation. The firm said its participation also would include Russian hydro equipment supplier Power Machines.

Sogamoso, on Colombia’s Sogamoso River, would include a 190-meter-tall, 345-meter-long dam and an underground powerhouse containing three vertical Francis turbines. The board of Colombia utility Isagen S.A. approved plans in June to build the project over ten years for an investment of 2.3 trillion pesos (US$1.3 billion). (HNN 6/4/08)

Hidroelectrica Pescadero Ituango, a joint venture led by hydro utility Empresas Publicas de Medellin, 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. In August, the national government condemned land for Pescadero Ituango, declaring the lands to be of public utility and in the public interest. (HNN 9/3/08)

In June, Colombia’s Comision de Regulacion de Energia y Gas authorized purchase of power from Sogamoso and Pescadero Ituango, eliminating the need for a proposed power auction. (HNN 6/17/08)

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