Offshore wind energy

Energy, Regulation & Policy, Renewables    Oct 20, 2021 3:46 PM

Colombia has great generation potential with offshore wind energy.

The country could produce up to an additional 37,000MW thanks to this type of generation, La Republica reported.

This is the conclusion of a study by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia) and the Danish Energy Agency. The entities analyzed the possible development of offshore wind projects in six areas: two near Barranquilla and Santa Marta, and the remaining four in La Guajira.

Some foreign companies have shown interest in developing offshore wind energy projects in Colombia, such as Orsted and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

Representatives of MinEnergía explained that the entity is working on a roadmap, which is being developed with the support of the World Bank, through its Energy Sector Management Assistance Program.

Acolgen’s Natalia Gutiérrez Jaramillo said that the wind potential is 30GW in La Guajira.

“This potential would surely increase with the incorporation of new technological developments,” Gutierrez said.

SER Colombia’s Germán Corredor explained that it will take at least eight years for Colombia to be supplied by these offshore sources.

Alejandro Castañeda, director of Andeg, said that the main challenges to make this milestone possible will be related to licensing, costs and logistics.

Bottom-Line: It is important to start working on the regulatory framework for these energy sources, as they are a long-term commitment.

It might also be a good idea to figure out how the power was going to get to the centers of demand and start prior consultation for such projects today.

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