Colectora Line might start operation in 2024

Company News    May 26, 2021 10:32 PM

The Colectora project is presenting delays due to social issues.

This transmission line will bring energy from the solar and wind plants of La Guajira and Cesar to the interconnected system and this facility will begin operation only in 2024, Portafolio reported.

The reason for the delay is that prior consultations are taking longer than estimated, in addition to the fact that more communities appear in the process.

In addition, communities are concerned about the Covid-19 pandemic, but they prefer to develop prior consultations in person.

“We continue working to bring online the Colectora project on schedule. However, as is public knowledge, some events have prevented the normal development of the workplan,” representatives of Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB) said.

Miguel Lotero, Deputy Minister of Energy, said that there have been difficulties to conclude agreements due to problems of representativeness and internal conflict in the communities.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has accentuated this, affecting the process of prior consultations that must be developed with more than 220 communities,” Lotero said.

Lotero said that the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia) leads the ‘Mesas Guajira’ strategy, a space for collaboration and coordination between public entities and the GEB “with the purpose of formulating proposals and commitments that allow progress in the successful development of the work”.

GEB is developing prior consultation with 224 ethnic communities including Wayuú communities, towns in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Afro-Colombian community councils located in La Guajira and Cesar.

“The situation of network expansion projects is increasingly complicated from the point of view of environmental licensing and prior consultations, in addition to social conflict,” Andeg’s Alejandro Castañeda said.

Bottom-Line: Social conflict is one of the main drawbacks to developing large-scale projects in Colombia. This problem is affecting the entire energy sector and authorities must work on this issue to avoid diminishing the investors’ interest.

Renewables projects are not free of social unrest…

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