‘Mireya Plan’ for Hidroituango

Company News    Dec 1, 2021 8:29 PM

The Mayor’s Office of Medellín and EPM announced the ‘Mireya Plan’ to take control of Hidroituango.

The initiative consists of continuing with the works of the megaproject, but the tasks would be carried out with EPM’s own infrastructure and personnel, Portafolio reported.

“The ‘Mireya plan’ appeals to the capabilities of EPM personnel to maintain the development of the work, in case the contractors are sanctioned,” Medellin Mayor Daniel Quintero said.

The first step for the activation of the ‘Mireya plan’ was taken by EPM’s administration by requesting an emergency meeting with the National Unit for Risk and Disaster Management (UNGRD) to increase the official risk level of the mega project, and thus have powers for the seizure.

The reasons that led the conglomerate to request this declaration are: first, the departure of the current contractors due to the second instance ruling of the Comptroller’s Office; and second, the worsening of the rainy season, as this could affect Hidroituango and the 16 municipalities over which the mega project has influence.

EPM and the Mayor’s Office of Medellín consider that the country will depend to a great extent on Hidroituango’s energy, so its development cannot stop.

The second instance ruling of the Comptroller’s Office led the mayor’s office and the conglomerate to put this plan into action, although EPM and consortium CCC Ituango had signed a pre-agreement to continue with the works for eight more months, and another three months for the process of bringing on board the potential new general contractor.

EPM said that after the Comptroller’s ruling, it is moving forward in the analysis of different alternatives that will allow the continuity of the work, thus the urgency of the meeting with the UNGRD, to prevent construction from being paralyzed.

Bottom-Line: Mayor Quintero says that everything is under control and there is nothing to worry about in the transition of the search for new operators.

Is EPM able to take over Hidroituango and continue the development of the mega project without trauma? Hard to believe…

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