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    Ecopetrol to have its first wind farm in Bolívar


    September 8, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      n a giant step in its commitment to renewable energies and the energy transition, the Ecopetrol Group announced its interest in venturing into wind energy generation, and the area it is betting on is the Galerazamba area (Santa Catalina), north of Bolivar. (Read here: The three strategic projects of the Refinery).

      "The wind potential of La Guajira and the Caribbean in general is immense, with higher averages than in the region. We are looking at the wind potential and the environmental issue, we are studying where we could install a wind farm", said the president of the Cartagena Refinery, Herman Galán.

      The Cartagena refinery produces 21% of the gasoline consumed in the country and $19% of the diesel.

      "It would be the first wind project of the Ecopetrol Group and the initiative is maturing, the quality of the winds is being confirmed and that we can have the investments", said the top executive of the refinery.

      His announcement was made during a presentation at the Andesco Congress entitled: 'Cartagena Refinery, strategic asset for Colombia's energy transition'.

      A second announcement made by Galán has to do with the commissioning of the expansion of the refinery's refining capacity, a process that began last Tuesday. Galán recalled that "the original refinery, which was inaugurated in 1957, had a capacity of 23 thousand barrels/day and ended up being expanded by Ecopetrol by 80 thousand barrels/day. Its crude unit had become inactive after the modernization of those facilities.

      The Cartagena Refinery

      can now process 200 thousand barrels of crude oil per day with the incorporation to the refining process of the old crude unit, which contributes 50 thousand barrels/day.

      The oil company decided to also modernize that old unit and couple it to the process of the new refinery, thus providing an additional refining capacity of 50 thousand barrels/day, to complete 200 thousand barrels.

      "That is 50 thousand barrels more of products (diesel and gasoline) for the country", Galán specified.

      "The future of the Refinery is in producing low emission products... we will concentrate on what we produce today and in doing it well, with cleaner fuels and ensuring responsible consumption", he concluded.

      "There are no resources" "The proposal to create a price stabilization fund for energy tariffs in the Caribbean Coast will be discussed. I hope it does not mean resources from the National Budget, because there are none", said last night the Minister of Finance, José Antonio Ocampo, after his speech at the Andesco Congress, in Las Americas. He anticipated that it will be a kind of self-financing, in order to delay rate increases. "That is the responsibility of the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the CREG," he warned. He also ruled out that this fund could have resources coming from the tax reform.

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