The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia) is preparing the roadmap for offshore wind energy generation.
MinEnergia Diego Mesa Puyo told Valora Analitik that this roadmap has the support of the World Bank in the formulation of the terms of reference and the selection and contracting of the consulting firm.
Mesa explained that the first stage of the plan consists of a diagnosis of the current situation through interviews with different companies interested in offshore energy generation and with related entities such as ANLA, the Ministry of Environment, DIMAR, and UPME, among others.
The entity included a study of scenarios for the incorporation of this new technology in the Colombian matrix and the identification of the role it can play in the country’s energy future. In addition, an analysis of different issues: financial, permits and procedures, connection and identification of needs, among others.
The government expects the roadmap to be an input to help identify the needs and barriers for the development of offshore wind energy in Colombia, as well as to propose strategies for a playing field in which these projects can compete.
Authorities estimate that Colombia could have a potential of around 50,000MW for the development of offshore wind projects in several areas near the departments of La Guajira, Magdalena, Atlántico and Bolívar.
Bottom-Line: Offshore generation represents great environmental, social and infrastructure challenges. The country is making progress in the inclusion of new technologies, but it is important that the government creates the right conditions for investors to bet on this type of technologies, as these projects imply a great risk, resources and time.