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TPL, more gas-fired thermal generation on the Caribbean Coast

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    ermocandelaria Power Limited (TPL), the operator of the thermal plants Termocandelaria (Cartagena) and TEBSA, in Soledad (Atlántico) is betting on becoming one of the three main players in the country's energy market due to its firm gas-fired thermal generation capacity. (Read here: Termocandelaria expands to offer more energy in 2022).

    Colombia has a robust energy generation matrix, considered one of the most efficient and sustainable worldwide. Given its reliability status, it is necessary to guarantee the continuity of this qualification...".

    Luis Miguel Fernández, president of TEBSA.

    In order to reach this milestone, the holding company is making progress in the expansion of Termocandelaria, and is betting on the thermal generation of 80% gas with the same consumption of natural gas, without increasing CO2 emissions, making the most of the advantages of this fuel. This also translates into a reduction of energy production costs.

    This Combined Cycle Closure project, which is progressing at the Termocandelaria plant, represents an investment of more than 240 million dollars and has generated 3,328 jobs, prioritizing talent from Cartagena and the communities in the area of influence with 74% of the jobs generated, becoming a dynamic factor of local consumption that favorably impacts the neighboring communities, says Luis Miguel Fernandez, president of TEBSA.

    The two plants operated by TPL have a total installed capacity of 1,539 megawatts (MW).

    Efficiency is one of the environmental maxims that is evident in the operation. Thanks to technological innovation, the hot gas generated by combustion for thermal generation is not released into the atmosphere. This is redirected to produce additional energy and is known as combined cycle.

    The expansion of Termocandelaria has generated 3,328 jobs, prioritizing talent from Cartagena and the communities in the area of influence, the Policarpa, Arroz Barato, Puerta de Hierro and Villa Hermosa neighborhoods.

    In addition, the project contemplates an efficient use of water with the incorporation of new condenser technology that does not generate discharges, water consumption or atmospheric emissions.

    In this way, the country has an important source of reliable energy generation, which is key in an energy transition scenario.

    "In the current context, there is a very tight energy/demand balance. The country must ensure that the installed capacity expands to adequately meet this demand," says Fernandez.


    The most recent forum on 'Clean energies for the sustainable transition in the Colombian Caribbean', of the series of El Universal Forums in alliance with Fanny Guerrero Consultoría Especializada, held in the Auditorium La Caja of the Hotel San Lázaro, left among others, the following conclusions:

    1- The Caribbean Coast with its great solar radiation and strong winds are the best scenario for the development of solar and wind energy projects in Colombia


    2- The port infrastructure of the region has business opportunities with offshore wind projects, providing logistics.

    3- To create better conditions for clean energy in the Caribbean Coast and the country, adequate regulation and clear rules are required to encourage investment, adjust the regulation of prior consultations and stimulate self-generation of electricity.

    4- Hydrogen is the next stage of the energy transition and Colombia is one of the most competitive countries for this alternative. It is estimated that by 2050 hydrogen will represent 10% of the world energy matrix.

    5- The Development Plan, which is built in a participatory manner, will be the basis for the energy transition. The communities will be key.

    6- Afinia, the energy operator in the departments of Bolivar, Cesar, Cordoba, Sucre and part of Magdalena, announced that it has advanced investments of close to 1 trillion pesos.

    7- The same company also announced that it has already started the process of installing smart metering equipment in its jurisdiction. There are already more than 40 thousand and the goal is to reach 750 thousand.

    8- Before the end of the year, the Caribbean Innovation and Technology Center will be inaugurated, a place where businessmen and academics will bet on talent and innovation in renewable energies. Ecopetrol is the anchor company.

    9- The development of renewable energies in the Caribbean region has a great lack of qualified human resources.

    10- The first offshore wind project in the country, Vientos Alisios, will be built in Galerazamba, north of Bolívar; while the largest solar park in Latin America is already advancing in Ponedera (Atlántico).


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