EEB fulfills its commitment to Bogota and the country
10 December 2014
Bogotá, D.C., 10 December 2014. Twenty-one days prior to the date established, Empresa de Energía de Bogotá S.A. ESP (EEB), parent company of Grupo Energía de Bogotá, fulfilled its commitment to the city and on 29 November 2014 the SVC compensation system of the Tunal Substation began operations, which will allow to service the growing power demand during the last month of the year, estimated in 2,327 Megawatts, thus reducing power outage risks in the city of Bogota.
The SVC project, included as part of the Transmission Reference Expansion Plan 2013-2017 by the Ministry of Mines and Energy was built by EEB as part of the solution provided by district authorities to the National Government, given the possibility of power shortages in Bogota as a result of the delays of the Nueva Esperanza transmission project.
This new system with state-of-the-art technology had an investment in excess of US$35 million, consisting on the installation of FACTS (Flexible Alternating Current Transmission System) type dynamic compensators to provide steady state transmission of power and the ability to change network parameters in a fast and effective way in order to achieve better system performance in Bogota and the Eastern Plains. This means that a SVC is an electrical device which allows rapid and continuous changes of transmission impedance, controlling power flow in the line and improving system stability.
Mr. Ricardo Roa Barragán, CEO of Grupo Energía de Bogotá, welcomed the start up of the compensator system as “it does not only show the commitment the Company has to the city, but it also contributes to the normal supply of electric power in Bogota and its surroundings as it ensures a steady flow of energy without variations that may affect consumers.”
The start up of this project is in addition to other projects the company currently undertakes in different regions of the country, such as the Armenia Substation and related 230 Kv transmission lines in the departments of Risaralda and Quindio; the Alferez Substation and related 230 Kv lines that began operations in Cali last February; and the Tesalia Substation and related 230 Kv transmission lines in the departments of Huila, Tolima, Cauca and Valle del Cauca.
Similarly, the Chivor II, Norte and Bacatá substations project and their related 230 Kv transmission lines in the departments of Boyacá and Cundinamarca; the Cartagena- Bolívar project, which involves the construction of 21 Km of transmission lines in that department. Also, the Sogamoso Project, which includes the construction of Norte 500 Kv Substation and the 500 Kv transmission line Sogamoso – Norte - Nueva Esperanza in the departments of Santander, Boyacá and Cundinamarca and the Río Córdoba project, which undertakes the construction, operation and maintenance of the Río Córdoba 220 kV Substation near the Municipality of Ciénaga in the department of Magdalena and its related transmission lines.
Thus, Grupo Energía de Bogotá establishes itself as the second electric power transmission company in Colombia and the fastest growing during the past two years.
About Grupo Energía de Bogotá
Grupo Energia de Bogota is the leading corporation in the Colombian power sector. Through its headquarters, Empresa de Energía de Bogotá – EEB, controls nine affiliate companies and directly undertakes electric power transport activities in Colombia, in a market which enjoys the most significant demand in the country. In terms of the electricity chain in Colombia, it participates in the distribution of electric power through Empresa de Energía de Cundinamarca – EEC. In addition, it controls the largest natural gas carrier in Colombia, TGI S.A. In Peru, its company CONTUGAS has a 30-year concession for the transportation and distribution of natural gas in the Ica Department. Likewise, with its company CALIDDA it distributes natural gas in the regions of Lima and Callao. In that same country, together with ISA, it holds stocks in REP S.A. and TRANSMANTARO S.A., which operate 63% of the electricity transmission system in Peru. In 2010, it established TRECSA - Transportadora de Centroamérica S.A.- in charge of building the most important infrastructure Project in Guatemala and will render electricity transmission services as of 2014. Furthermore, GEB has a portfolio of investments in important companies in the electric power sector in which the following stand out, CODENSA S.A., EMGESA S.A., GAS NATURAL S.A., PROMIGAS S.A., Electrificadora del Meta (EMSA) and to a lesser extent in ISA and ISAGEN. As of 2013, the Group renders advisory and engineering services in Guatemala and Peru through its affiliate, EEB Ingeniería y Servicios. At the same time, in 2014 it incorporated Empresa de Movilidad de Bogotá SAS E.S.P., an affiliate dedicated exclusively to the development of electricity mobility projects.
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