Colombia’s power project pipeline has grown 2% in March, driven by solar and hydropower developments, according to government data.
Energy ministry planning unit UPME has 303 active projects in its registry with combined capacity of 17,116MW, up from 16,800MW at the end of February.
Some 8,850MW of the proposed new capacity currently correspond to solar power, up from 8,440MW at the end of February, and 2,726MW involving hydropower, up from 2,700MW.
That growth, however, was partially offset by a reduction in thermopower and wind proposals, which fell by 2MW (to 2,698MW) and 68MW (to 2,842MW), respectively. Biomass projects totalled 1MW as of March 30, down from 26MW a month earlier.
Some 8,947MW of the portfolio projects are the subject of initial feasibility studies, while 8,089MW are in the permitting phase and 80MW in the final development stage.
The largest registered project continues to be the Nencol 5 thermoelectric station in the Caribbean coastal city of Santa Marta, where planned capacity is 2,240MW.
Next is the 700MW Sebastosol solar complex, the 649MW La Paz hydropower dam and the 500MW Kappa wind complex.
Other projects of note include the 460MW Butantán hydroelectric plant, the 400MW Guayepo solar park, the 320MW Pipintá hydropower facility and the 300MW Omega wind complex.
The largest development portfolios belong to Nodo Energético del Norte with 2,240MW, Sebastosol (700MW), Universal Stream (649MW), Jemeiwaa Kai (648MW), Gensa (646MW), Kappa (500MW) and Solar Projects Developers (420MW).