Upme confirms to EEB the Bolivar project award
20 May 2014
• The Mining and Energy Planning Unit (Upme for its acronym in Spanish) ratified the award of the project which includes the construction of a transmission line with a length of 21 kilometers.
Bogotá D.C., May 20, 2014.The Mining and Energy Planning Unit (Upme) ratified to Empresa de Energía de Bogotá (EEB), holding of Grupo Energía de Bogotá, the 05-2012 Upme project - Second Transmission Line Bolívar - Cartagena 220 kV.
EEB was the company that presented the proposal which met all the requirements, and thus, was awarded the public bid made by the Upme. The bid aims the selection of an investor and an auditor for the design, procurement of supplies, construction, operation and maintenance of the second transmission line Bolivar - Cartagena.
Likewise, the initiative includes the construction of a single circuit line 220 kV, with an approximate length of 21 km; the installation of a 220 kV line module in the Bolívar substation 220 kV and the installation of a 220 kV line module in Cartagena 220 kV substation. A key point that characterizes this project is that it has an underground line of 3.8 km to be done with digital horizontal drilling. EEB uses innovation and technology for the benefit of its customers in the country.
This bid adds to the project that was recently awarded by the Upme, the Sogamoso - Norte – Nueva Esperanza, which is important to ensure the energy service in the east center of the country, particularly in the departments of Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Santander and Bogotá.
Currently, EEB develops other initiatives in various parts of the country such as Armenia Project - 230kV substation and associated transmission lines (awarded on 15/02/2012); the Quimbo 230kV substation and associated lines (awarded on 17/08/2012); the Norte 230 kV and Chivor II substations and associated lines (awarded on 16/04/2013), and the SVC Construction - Tunal Bogotá Substation.
Sandra Stella Fonseca, CEO of Grupo de Energía de Bogotá, said that once again EEB competitively and efficiently saves and contributes to the reliability of the Caribbean region and the country. "It assumes the cost and risk of a project that requires the area and that itself was included in the Upme Expansion Plan, which we have dedicated effort and resources, with our experience," she stated.
Fonseca also highlighted that EEB is the electricity transportation company with higher growth, strengthening the competitive scheme that supports the expansion of the National Transmission System (STN for its acronym in Spanish) in Colombia.
About Grupo Energía de Bogotá
Grupo Energia de Bogotá is the leading corporation in the Colombian power sector. Through EEB it transports electricity to the most significant markets in terms of demand and size in the country, in addition to controlling 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, while CALIDDA is in charge of natural gas distribution in 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.- that is building the most important infrastructure Project in Guatemala and will render electricity transmission services as of 2013. Furthermore, it holds an investment portfolio in the most important companies in the electric power sector, in which the following stand out, CODENSA S.A., EMGESA S.A., GAS NATURAL S.A., la Empresa de Energía de Cundinamarca - EEC and Electrificadora del Meta, EMSA and to a lesser extent ISA and ISAGEN. As of 2013, the Group renders advisory and engineering services in Guatemala and Peru through its affiliates EEB Ingeniería y Servicios