Ecopetrol (NYSE: EC) announced the start of pilot tests to measure the potential of wind energy in Cartagena (Colombia).
The NOC said that the goal is to evaluate the viability to build wind farms that will self-supply part of the energy demand of its operations in this region, Valora Analitik reported.
ECP explained that the measurement is being developed in a 150-meter-high meteorological tower near the Cartagena refinery.
This facility has a constant monitoring system in real time, tracking the wind direction and speed.
“We are interested in adding wind to our renewable energy portfolio to continue diversifying our energy basket,” ECP Energy Manager, Oscar Urrea, said.
In addition, ECP has wind prospects identified in different regions of Colombia such as the Atlantic Coast, Casanare, and Huila, which would allow adding 90 megawatts by 2023.
The company expects to start further measurements of wind potential in Huila and Casanare in 2H21.
Bottom-Line: Ecopetrol remains committed to the energy transition and working to reach the 400MW target in 2023.
This shows the great potential of renewable energies in Colombia and the promising future of the sector.