Gecelca looks towards carbon neutrality

Company News    Dec 7, 2021 6:29 PM

Gecelca’s Andrés Yabrudy announced that the company plans to move towards carbon neutrality.

Yabrudy said that after a strategic planning exercise the company is set to move towards a carbon neutral path to 2050, which coincides with the national goal, El Heraldo reported.

“This does not mean that we will not have early victories, this is a path that we are going to travel and will be complemented with energy diversification,” the executive said.

He said that the company will maintain generation with a concept of sustainability.

Yabrudy explained that the firm has designed a strategic plan that has a five-year vision and long-term strategic thinking.

The company is developing a pilot project to capture carbon dioxide through indigenous microalgae.

“We are identifying the micro-algae that best fit the carbon fixation process, but that can also be used in other production processes,” he explained.

The energy generation and commercialization company, with administrative headquarters in Barranquilla, has generation plants in Córdoba and La Guajira and also has a 42.5% shareholding in Tebsa.

Within its operations it has a mining development in the area of Puerto Libertador in southern Córdoba.

Its net effective capacity is 727MW and the company generated 2,346Gwh as of November this year, being the coal-fired thermal generator with the highest electricity production in the country.

“In Gecelca 3 (located in Córdoba) we have had a favorable performance this year and we have 437MW. It is a power plant with a high degree of reliability that produces a kilowatt hour at competitive prices,” Yabrudy added.

The company also has the Termoguajira plant where it has a capacity of 290MW and operates with coal and gas.

The expert said that the country should learn from the experiences of other countries in the energy transition process which should be developed at an adequate speed to be successful and cause the least impact.

“In this process, thermal plants offer the reliability required by the system in the face of the intermittency of renewables,” Yabrudy said.

Bottom-Line: Colombia is making satisfactory progress in the energy transition process, but the country will continue to rely on thermal generation as a backup, while new generation sources gain scale and reliability.

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